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catenane Line breaks: cat¦en|ane
Pronunciation: /ˈkatəneɪn/

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Definition of catenane in English:


A molecule which consists of two or more connected rings like links in a chain.
Example sentences
  • In general, these two closed chains are linked catenanes, and the type of linkage reflects a topological property of the original substrate.
  • An added advantage, Stoddart notes, is that carbon nanotubes are much more chemically compatible with organic switching molecules, such as catenanes, than more conventional metallic electrodes are.
  • The ultimate product of the ligations involved in producing the molecules we use is a cyclic molecule or a catenane.


1960s: from Latin catena 'chain' + -ane2.

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