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IQueryAtom.java

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package org.openscience.cdk.isomorphism.matchers;

import org.openscience.cdk.interfaces.IAtom;

/**
 * Defines the ability to be matched against {@link IAtom}'s. Most prominent application
 * is in isomorphism and substructure matching in the {@link org.openscience.cdk.isomorphism.UniversalIsomorphismTester}.
 * 
 * @cdk.module interfaces
 * @cdk.githash
 * @see        org.openscience.cdk.isomorphism.UniversalIsomorphismTester
 */
00033 public interface IQueryAtom extends IAtom {
      
      /**
       * Returns true of the given <code>atom</code> matches this IQueryAtom.
       * 
       * @param atom IAtom to match against
       * @return     true, if this IQueryAtom matches the given IAtom
       */
      public boolean matches(IAtom atom);
}


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