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freely jointed chain

in polymers
A hypothetical linear chain molecule consisting of infinitely thin rectilinear segments uniform in length; each segment can take all orientations in space with equal probability, independently of its neighbours. For models in which the segments are not all uniform in length, the name 'random-walk chain' has been used.
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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