Definition of acyclic in English:

acyclic

adjective

  • 1Not displaying or forming part of a cycle.

    • ‘An orientation is acyclic if it contains no directed cycle, and is totally cyclic if every edge is contained in some oriented cycle.’
    • ‘The functional classes for proteins exist in hierarchies or directed acyclic graphs, which means that the classes are not independent of each other.’
    • ‘For this purpose, directed acyclic graphs are suitable for describing the dependencies between the sequences.’
    • ‘The network model without selection is also implemented in the directed acyclic graphs used in causal modeling.’
    • ‘Over the past 15 years, directed acyclic graphs have been introduced into the statistical and philosophical literature to describe statistical models and the causal relationships they capture.’
    1. 1.1(of a woman) not having a menstrual cycle.
      ‘donor age showed no influence on chance of pregnancy in acyclic patients’
  • 2Chemistry
    (of a compound or molecule) containing no rings of atoms.

    ‘simple acyclic alkenes’
    • ‘The latter are substrates for at least seven different enzyme families, whose products are a group of cyclic and acyclic compounds, collectively named oxylipins, which play different roles in plant cells.’
    • ‘Acyclovir is an acyclic guanosine analog that inhibits viral DNA replication of infected cells.’
    • ‘Acyclovir, an acyclic guanosine analog, binds viral DNA polymerase, acting as a chain terminator and ending replication.’
    • ‘We describe here the photochromism of another class of viologen inclusion complexes in which the linear acyclic viologen molecules are included in the cavity of crown ether having the pi-electron-donating units.’
    • ‘Channel formation may be the result of the presence of the acyclic monoterpine side chain.’

Pronunciation:

acyclic

/eɪˈsʌɪklɪk//eɪˈsɪklɪk/