Complex compounds in which a dumbbell shaped molecule is encircled by a macrocycle. They are named after rota (wheel) and axis (axle). Notation with a prefix is used to indicate the number of interlocked components. They have potential use in nanotechnology. Rotaxanes have been made with cyclodextrins and cyclic ethers.
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