Definition of monocyclic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)ˈsʌɪklɪk/
Pronunciation: /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)ˈsɪklɪk/


1 Chemistry Having one ring of atoms in its molecule.
Example sentences
  • Clusters containing at least 10 atoms commonly form monocyclic rings.
  • Benzene is planar and has an uninterrupted cyclic array of three conjugated double bonds arranged in a monocyclic six membered ring.
  • Limonene synthase catalyses the stereo-specific cyclization of geranyl diphosphate to form a monocyclic monoterpene, limonene.
2Relating to a single cycle of activity.
Example sentences
  • Plate homologies between the two basic types of aboral cup construction, monocyclic and dicyclic, were not always as had traditionally been assumed.
  • Both of these monocyclic crinoids have very few plates in the aboral cup.
  • Buproprion is a unique monocyclic antidepressant that has structural similarities to amphetamines.

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