I'm writing a publication in which I compare the effect of alkyl, alkene and similar chains of different length connected to a N-atom of a heterocyclic organic compound. Often I have to refer to these chains, without the N-atom.
Right now I'm using something like "the ethyl/propyl/etc. group connected to the N-atom", which feels awkward. Is there a better chemical term I could use? Based on my online research, amine group or amine substituent appears to be the closest, but it includes the nitrogen itself.
Some examples (not from my work):
Is there a term that properly describes the encircled parts?