: a shorter chain or group of atoms attached to a principal chain or to a ring in a molecule
Examples of side chain in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThe alkyl side chain is the driving force behind a cannabinoid's effects on humans.
Kristen Rogers, CNN, 3 Feb. 2020 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, 26 June 2018
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