The smallest set of one or more successive configurational base units that generates the whole chain through helical symmetry.
Source: Purple Book, 1st ed., p. 79 [Terms] [Book]
Cite as: IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). Online version (2019-) created by S. J. Chalk. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. https://doi.org/10.1351/goldbook.