side chain

noun

Definition of side chain 

: a shorter chain or group of atoms attached to a principal chain or to a ring in a molecule

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At that resolution, the researchers could make out the side chains of the virus’s proteins, which had been difficult to see in earlier images by other groups. Jaclyn Jeffrey-wilensky, STAT, "Researchers reveal the sharpest image to date of the Zika virus," 26 June 2018

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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side chain

noun

Medical Definition of side chain 

: a branched chain of atoms attached to the principal chain or to a ring in a molecule

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