straight chain

noun

: an open chain of atoms having no side chains
usually hyphenated when used attributively

Examples of straight chain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While beer also contains surfactant-like molecules, the bubbles can rise in straight chains or not depending on the type of beer. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 3 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of straight chain was in 1890

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“Straight chain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straight%20chain. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

straight chain

noun
: an open chain of atoms having no side chains
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