Having a chain of fewer that about six carbon atoms.(adjective)
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Use "short-chain" in a sentence
"TDP adds water and heat to the feedstock in such a way as to transform the feedstock's long-chain polymers into short-chain polymers which are more useful to us."
"ALA alpha-linolenic acid is a “short-chain” form found in plant sources like walnuts, flaxseed, and canola and soybean oils, and is probably less effective because relatively little is converted to the more active EPA and DHA forms."
"Late last year, the agency quietly said that it would review the safety of phthalates, long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and short-chain chlorinated paraffins."