One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Connected in a chain or series.‘catenated molecules’
- ‘Both the single-stranded circles and the double helical circles are catenated molecules.’
- ‘As to segregation of replicated daughter molecules, to be discussed later, topoisomerase II is thought to locate DNA crossovers such as those present in catenated molecules.’
- ‘Depending on the nature of the catenated form of the original ligation product, bands corresponding to catenanies or single-stranded circles and their linearized versions were obtained.’
- ‘These mutants lacked normal conidiophores and phialides and formed rod-shaped, catenated cells directly from hyphae.’
Late 19th century: past participle of the rare verb catenate, from Latin catenat- ‘chained, fettered’, from the verb catenare, from catena ‘chain’.
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