contour length [obsolete]
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
. 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.