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Related to open-chain compound: Alicyclic Compounds
open-chain compound:see aliphatic compoundaliphatic compound
, any of a large class of organic compounds whose carbon atoms are joined together in straight or branched open chains rather than in rings. The hydrocarbons of the alkane, alkene, and alkyne series are aliphatic compounds, as are fatty acids and many other
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