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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1873

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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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