a series of atoms linked in a chain not joined together at its ends, and so represented in its structural formula.
a chain of atoms in a molecule that is not joined at its ends into the form of a ring
An arrangement of atoms of the same type that does not form a ring. Aliphatic compounds, such as ethane and isopropyl alcohol, are open-chain compounds.
- Open chain compound
open chain compound n. See acyclic compound.
- Open cheque
noun 1. an uncrossed cheque that can be cashed at the drawee bank
- Open chest massage
open chest massage n. Cardiac massage in which the heart is compressed with the hand inside the thoracic cavity.
noun, Electricity. 1. a discontinuous circuit through which no current can flow. noun 1. an incomplete electrical circuit in which no current flows Compare closed circuit open circuit (ō’pən) An electric circuit in which the normal path of current has been interrupted, either by the disconnection of one part of its conducting pathway from another, […]