combinatorial library(redirected from Chemical library)
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combinatorial libraryA collection of chemical compounds, so designated because it has so many structures and variants that special methods are needed to catalogue, store and retrieve individual units—as in a real library.
Combinatorial libraries can exist as molecules free in solution linked to a solid substrate (e.g., a bead), or arranged on the surface of a microorganism. They are created either by split synthesis or parallel synthesis.