Open-chain compound

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In chemistry, an open-chain compound (also spelled as open chain compound) or acyclic compound is a compound with a linear structure, rather than a cyclic one. [1] An open-chain compound having no side chains is called a straight-chain compound (also spelled as straight chain compound). [2] [3]

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Open-chain compound Straight-chain compound cyclic compound
Above the open-chain forms of glucose and mannose. Below the cyclic forms.

References[edit]

  1. ^ IUPAC, Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book") (1997). Online corrected version:  (2006–) "polycyclic system".
  2. ^ Coles, Lydia (1968). "A chromatographic method for the separation of branched-chain and straight-chain compounds of columns containing urea". Journal of Chromatography A 32: 657. doi:10.1016/S0021-9673(01)80544-6. 
  3. ^ IUPAC, Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book") (1997). Online corrected version:  (2006–) "silazanes".