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isomer

[ahy-suh-mer]
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noun
  1. Chemistry. a compound displaying isomerism with one or more other compounds.
  2. Also called nuclear isomer. Physics. a nuclide that exhibits isomerism with one or more other nuclides.
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Origin of isomer

First recorded in 1865–70; back formation from isomeric
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isomer

noun
  1. chem a compound that exhibits isomerism with one or more other compounds
  2. physics a nuclide that exhibits isomerism with one or more other nuclides
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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.)).

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isomers in Medicine

isomer

sə-mər)
n.
  1. 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.
  2. 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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Related formsi′so•meric (-mĕrĭk) adj.
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isomers in Science

isomer

sə-mər]
  1. 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.
  2. 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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isomers in Culture

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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