isomer

[ ahy-suh-mer ]
/ ˈaɪ sə mər /
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noun

Chemistry. a compound displaying isomerism with one or more other compounds.
Also called nuclear isomer. Physics. a nuclide that exhibits isomerism with one or more other nuclides.

Nearby words

  1. isologue,
  2. isolysin,
  3. isolysis,
  4. isomagnetic,
  5. isomaltose,
  6. isomerase,
  7. isomeric,
  8. isomerism,
  9. isomerization,
  10. isomerize

Origin of isomer

First recorded in 1865–70; back formation from isomeric

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British Dictionary definitions for isomers

isomer

/ (ˈaɪsəmə) /

noun

chem a compound that exhibits isomerism with one or more other compounds
physics a nuclide that exhibits isomerism with one or more other nuclides
Derived Formsisomeric (ˌaɪsəˈmɛrɪk), adjective

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Word Origin and History for isomers

isomer

n.

1866, back-formation from isomeric; cf. Greek isomeres "sharing equality," from iso- (see iso-) + meros "part, share" (see merit (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for isomers

isomer

[ īsə-mər ]

n.

Any of two or more substances that are composed of the same elements in the same proportions but differ in properties because of differences in the arrangement of atoms.
Any of two or more nuclei with the same mass number and atomic number that have different radioactive properties and can exist in any of several energy states for a measurable period of time.
Related formsi′so•meric (-mĕrĭk) adj.


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Science definitions for isomers

isomer

[ īsə-mər ]

Chemistry Any of two or more substances that have the same molecular formula but differ in their connectivity or spatial arrangement of atoms, or in their topology in macromolecules.
Physics Any of two or more nuclei with the same mass number and atomic number that have different radioactive properties and can exist in any of several energy states for a measurable period of time.
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Culture definitions for isomers

isomers

[ (eye-suh-muhrz) ]

In chemistry, molecules that contain exactly the same numbers of the same kinds of atoms, but in which the atoms have different structural arrangements.

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