stereoisomerism

[ ster-ee-oh-ahy-som-uh-riz-uhm, steer- ]
/ ˌstɛr i oʊ aɪˈsɒm əˌrɪz əm, ˌstɪər- /

noun Chemistry.

the isomerism ascribed to different relative positions of the atoms or groups of atoms in the molecules of organic compounds.

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Origin of stereoisomerism

First recorded in 1890–95; stereo- + isomerism
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British Dictionary definitions for stereoisomerism

stereoisomerism
/ (ˌstɛrɪəʊaɪˈsɒməˌrɪzəm, ˌstɪər-) /

noun

chem isomerism caused by differences in the spatial arrangement of atoms in molecules

Derived forms of stereoisomerism

stereoisometric (ˌstɛrɪəʊˌaɪsəˈmɛtrɪk, ˌstɪər-), adjective
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Medical definitions for stereoisomerism

stereoisomerism
[ stĕr′ē-ō-ī-sŏmə-rĭz′əm ]

n.

Isomerism created by differences in the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule.

Other words from stereoisomerism

ster′e•o•i′so•meric (-ī′-sə-mĕrĭk) adj.
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