cage hydrocarbon

cage hydrocarbon

[¦kāj ‚hī·drə′kär·bən]
(organic chemistry)
A compound composed of only carbon and hydrogen atoms that contains three or more rings arranged topologically so as to enclose a volume of space; in general, the space within a cage hydrocarbon is too small to accommodate even a proton.
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Wilson's research interests in target-oriented synthesis include natural product chemistry, medicinal chemistry and studies in the chemistry of cage hydrocarbons.