side chain

side chain (plural side chains)

  1. (organic chemistry) That part of a molecule attached to some core structure; a radical.
  2. (biochemistry) Any of the variable parts of amino acids that extend from the peptide backbone in proteins; they are referred to as R-groups, which branch off the backbone at the alpha carbon (Cα).
  3. (audio) Auxiliary audio input fed to a synthesizer etc. and used to selectively trigger an effect.

side chain (side chains, present participle side chaining; past and past participle side chained)

  1. (audio) To use auxiliary audio input in that manner.

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