acyclic
adjective Date: 1875 not cyclic: as a. not disposed in whorls or cycles b. having an open-chain structure ; aliphatic <
an acyclic compound
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  • Acyclic — can refer to: * in chemistry, a compound which is not cyclic, e.g. alkanes and acyclic aliphatic compounds * in mathematics: ** a directed acyclic graph ** a chain complex in which all reduced homology groups are zero …   Wikipedia

  • Acyclic — A*cyc lic, a. [Pref. a not + cyclic.] Not cyclic; not disposed in cycles or whorls; as: (a) (Bot.) Of a flower, having its parts inserted spirally on the receptacle. (b) (Org. Chem.) Having an open chain structure; aliphatic. [Webster 1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acyclic — [ā sīk′lik] adj. 1. not cyclic; not in cycles 2. Chem. having the structure of an open chain …   English World dictionary

  • acyclic — /ay suy klik, ay sik lik/, adj. 1. not cyclic: an acyclic flower; acyclic compounds. 2. Chem. of or pertaining to a compound that does not contain a closed chain or ring of atoms (contrasted with cyclic). [1875 80; A 6 + CYCLIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • acyclic — Not cyclic; denoting especially an a. compound. * * * acy·clic ( )ā sī klik, sik lik adj 1) not occurring in periods or cycles <acyclic gonadotropin secretion> 2) having an open chain structure esp ALIPHATIC <an acyclic compound> * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • acyclic — a•cy•clic [[t]eɪˈsaɪ klɪk, eɪˈsɪk lɪk[/t]] adj. 1) not cyclic: an acyclic flower[/ex] 2) chem. of or pertaining to a chemical compound not containing a closed chain or ring of atoms • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • acyclic — adj. [Gr. a, without; kyklos, circle] Referring to noncyclic; not arranged in circles or whorls …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • acyclic — adjective a) not cyclic; having an open chain structure b) not cyclic Syn: loopless Ant: cyclic …   Wiktionary

  • acyclic — adj. not cyclic; not occurring in cycles; not arranged in whorls (Botany); having an open chain molecular structure rather than a closed ring shaped chain (Chemistry) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • acyclic — [eɪ sʌɪklɪk, sɪk ] adjective 1》 not displaying or forming part of a cycle.     ↘(of a woman) not having a menstrual cycle. 2》 Chemistry (of a compound or molecule) containing no rings of atoms …   English new terms dictionary

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