Meaning of “carbon chain” in the English Dictionary

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"carbon chain" in British English

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carbon chainnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɑː.bən ˌtʃeɪn/ us /ˈkɑːr.bən ˌtʃeɪn/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • Any substance containing that peculiar carbon chain with two double links C=C-C=C can double up—polymerize, the chemist calls it—into a rubber-like substance. 
  • If the carbon chain contains one or more double linkages we get the "flowery" perfumes. 

(Definition of “carbon chain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)