[ kon-fawr-mey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn fɔrˈmeɪ ʃən /


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).

Nearby words

  1. conform,
  2. conformable,
  3. conformal,
  4. conformal projection,
  5. conformance,
  6. conformational analysis,
  7. conformism,
  8. conformist,
  9. conformity,
  10. confound

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

Related formscon·for·ma·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conformation


/ (ˌkɒnfɔːˈmeɪʃən) /


the general shape or outline of an object; configuration
the arrangement of the parts of an object
the act or state of conforming
  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 Formsconformational, adjective

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Word Origin and History for conformation



1510s, from Latin conformationem (nominative conformatio) "a symmetrical forming," noun of action from past participle stem of conformare (see conform).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for conformation


[ kŏn′fər-māshən ]


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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