open chain

noun

Definition of open chain

: an arrangement of atoms represented in a structural formula by a chain whose ends are not joined so as to form a ring

Examples of open chain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That left only two five-vertex configurations still open: the pentagon (or really any five-sided polygon), also called a five-cycle, and the five-vertex path, which consists of four line segments linked together, forming an open chain. Quanta Magazine, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of open chain

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of open chain was in 1880

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“Open chain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open%20chain. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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open chain

noun

Medical Definition of open chain

: an arrangement of atoms represented in a structural formula by a chain whose ends are not joined so as to form a ring

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