heavy chain


Definition of heavy chain

: either of the two larger of the four polypeptide chains comprising antibodies — compare light chain

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Llamas, camels, and sharks all use only a pair of heavy chains. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Llama “nanobodies” might grant universal flu protection," 5 Nov. 2018 A few weeks later, debt collectors locked the doors with a heavy chain. Dan Levin, New York Times, "A Tech Guru Captivated Canada. Then He Fled to China.," 10 July 2018 As with the cemetery in Tunis, the gates of Bassatine were locked with a heavy chain and the graveyard was surrounded by a wall, this one at least 12 feet high. Michael David Lukas, New York Times, "From Cairo to Kolkata, Traces of a Vibrant Jewish Past," 8 June 2018 The typical ax-throwing arenas and target lanes are walled off with heavy chain-link fencing, and trained staff accompany patrons at all times. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Ax-throwing the latest trend in fun in San Antonio," 11 May 2018 Trident has taken steps to manage that pile, such as dragging the seafloor with heavy chains or pipes to push it back under one acre, Gebhardt said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Seafood processor will pay $300,000 fine for oversized fish waste piles at two Alaska plants," 2 Mar. 2018 One of the city’s stock characters was the fearless bicycle messenger, wearing a heavy chain lock around the waist and whipping through traffic with supreme confidence. Steven Higashide, The Atlantic, "The Design Bible That Changed How Americans Bike in Cities," 1 Mar. 2018 Each massive turbine is tethered to the bottom of the sea by heavy chains weighing in at 1,200 tonnes (1,323 tons). NBC News, "This Floating Wind Farm Is the World's First. It Won't Be the Last," 19 Oct. 2017 Young went to the bench to sit down, no doubt tired by the heavy chain. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: 'Turnover Chain' is (golden) stuff UM dreams made of | Commentary," 3 Sep. 2017

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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heavy chain

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Medical Definition of heavy chain

: either of the two larger of the four polypeptide chains comprising antibodies — compare light chain

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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