Definition of heterocyclic in English:

Share this entry

heterocyclic

Pronunciation: /ˌhedərəˈsīklik/

adjective

Chemistry
Denoting a compound whose molecule contains a ring of atoms of at least two elements (one of which is generally carbon).
Example sentences
  • The majority of photosensitive molecules have a heterocyclic ring structure similar to that of chlorophyll or hemoglobin.
  • Unlike hydrocarbon based aromatics, which react most readily with electrophiles, perfluoro-aromatics and heterocyclic ring systems react better with nucleophiles.
  • Cooking meats at high temperatures creates chemicals called heterocyclic amines that are otherwise not present in uncooked meats.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: het·er·o·cy·clic

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.