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steric

[ ster-ik, steer- ]
/ ˈstɛr ɪk, ˈstɪər- /
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adjective Chemistry.

of or relating to the spatial relationships of atoms in a molecule.

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Sometimes ster·i·cal .

Origin of steric

First recorded in 1895–1900; ster(eo)- + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM steric

ster·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for steric

steric

sterical

/ (ˈstɛrɪk, ˈstɪər-) /

adjective

chem of, concerned with, or caused by the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule

Derived forms of steric

sterically, adverb

Word Origin for steric

C19: from stereo- + -ic
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Medical definitions for steric

steric
[ stĕrĭk ]

n.

Of or relating to the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule; stereochemical.

Other words from steric

steri•cal•ly adv.
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