Definition of cross link in English:

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  • A chemical bond between different chains of atoms in a polymer or other complex molecule.
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    • They studied the effects by assessing free urinary pyridinium cross links in growing rats, age 5-12 weeks.
    • The intramolecular hydrogen bond network is not static, but consists of many fluctuating cross links within the template framework.
    • Infliximab cross links tumour necrosis factor bound to T cells, thus inactivating or destroying it.


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  • 1 (cross-link) Make or become linked with a cross link: [with object]: adjacent protein chains are cross-linked by quinones [no object]: these substances cross-link without any problem (as adjective cross-linked) cross-linked copolymers of vinyl pyrrolidone with methyl methacrylate
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    • Some researchers believe that prepolymers - such as unsaturated polyester cross-linked with styrene or epoxies - achieve better results.
    • These fibres are surrounded by a matrix of disorderly keratin-like proteins cross-linked by sulphur atoms, like steel cables embedded in concrete.
    • In 1839, Charles Goodyear produced the first significant development when he created a process for making cross-linked, or vulcanized, rubber.
  • 1.1 [with object] Connect (something) by a series of transverse links: cross-link the guidance system with the actual games programme
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    • The most prominent feature of this suitably archaic-looking site is a huge interactive timeline that lists and cross-links people, events and places.
    • He has the role of reviewing and cross-linking the results of the work of the others.
    • Purchasing and setting up multiple domains can be a great way to increase your visibility on the Web and if you cross-link your domains, you can improve your link popularity for each site.



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  • These processes can break chemical bonds, produce highly reactive free radicals, and produce new chemical bonds and cross-linkage between macromolecules.
  • The gelatin is hardened during manufacture by cross-linkage of the polypeptides.
  • Collagen synthesis and cross-linkage is responsible for vascular integrity and strength of new capillary beds.

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