steric hindrance

noun Chemistry.

the prevention or retardation of inter- or intramolecular interactions as a result of the spatial structure of a molecule.

Nearby words

  1. stereotyped,
  2. stereotypical,
  3. stereotypy,
  4. stereovision,
  5. steric,
  6. sterigma,
  7. sterigmatic,
  8. sterilant,
  9. sterile,
  10. sterile cyst

Origin of steric hindrance

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019