Polycycloalkane

A polycycloalkane is a cycloalkane whose molecule contains more than two rings.  The number of rings in a cyclalkane is defined as the minumum number of bonds that must be broken in order to convert the molecule into an open-chain fragment.

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The minimum number of bonds that must be broken to convert 1 into an open-chain structure is three, meaning the number of rings in 1 is three,  1, therefore, is a polycycloalkane.

Based on the number of rings present, polycycloalkanes can be further classified as tricyloalkanes, tetracycloalkanes, pentacycloalkanes, and so on.  Thus, 1 is a tricycloalkane.

see also monocycloalkane, bicycloalkane

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