The maximum end-to-end distance of a linear polymer
chain. For a single-strand polymer
molecule, this usually means the end-to-end distance of the chain extended to the all-trans conformation
. For chains with complex structure, only an approximate value of the contour length may be accessible. The sum of the lengths of all skeletal bonds of a single-strand polymer
molecule is occasionally termed 'contour length
'. This use of this term is discouraged.
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