As adjectives the difference between aliphatic and cyclic
is that aliphatic
is (organic chemistry) of a class of organic compounds in which the carbon atoms are arranged in an open chain while cyclic
is characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals.
As a noun aliphatic
is a compound of this type.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(organic chemistry) Of a class of organic compounds in which the carbon atoms are arranged in an open chain.
A compound of this type.
(chiefly, in the plural) A petroleum fraction containing no aromatic compounds
Characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals
(chemistry) Of a compound having chains of atoms arranged in a ring
- The weather had a cyclic pattern of rain and sun.
(botany) Having parts arranged in a whorl
(mathematics, of a group) being generated by only one element
(geometry, of a polygon) able to be inscribed in a circle
- Benzene and cyclohexane are both cyclic compounds.
* cyclic chorus
* cyclic poet