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conformation

[ kon-fawr-mey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn fɔrˈmeɪ ʃən /
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Definition of conformation

noun
manner of formation; structure; form, as of a physical entity.
symmetrical disposition or arrangement of parts.
the act or process of conforming; adaptation; adjustment.
the state of being conformed.
Chemistry. an atomic spatial arrangement that results from rotation of carbon atoms about single bonds within an organic molecule. (contrasted with configuration).
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Origin of conformation

1505–15; <Latin confōrmātiōn- (stem of confōrmātiō), equivalent to confōrmāt(us) past participle of confōrmāre to shape (con-con- + fōrm(a) form + -āt(us) -ate1) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM conformation

con·for·ma·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for conformation

conformation
/ (ˌkɒnfɔːˈmeɪʃən) /

noun
the general shape or outline of an object; configuration
the arrangement of the parts of an object
the act or state of conforming
chem
  1. another name for configuration (def. 3a)
  2. one of the configurations of a molecule that can easily change its shape and can consequently exist in equilibrium with molecules of different configuration

Derived forms of conformation

conformational, adjective
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Medical definitions for conformation

conformation
[ kŏn′fər-māshən ]

n.
One of the spatial arrangements of atoms in a molecule that can come about through free rotation of the atoms about a single chemical bond.
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