[ kon-fawr-mey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn fɔrˈmeɪ ʃən /
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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).
OTHER WORDS FOR conformation
1 configuration, shape.
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Origin of conformation
OTHER WORDS FROM conformationcon·for·ma·tion·al, adjective
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How to use conformation in a sentence
However, as technologies such as cryo-electron microscopy and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance have become available, “alternative conformations of proteins are turning up more,” she said.Some Proteins Change Their Folds to Perform Different Jobs|Viviane Callier|February 3, 2021|Quanta Magazine
The additional mutations, though, are concerning, because they further alter the conformation of the spike protein, which may make our body’s immune response to the virus less effective.Will the vaccines work against the South African variant of COVID-19?|Daniel Bentley|January 8, 2021|Fortune
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
- another name for configuration (def. 3a)
- 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 conformationconformational, adjective
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