[ ster-ik, steer- ]
/ ˈstɛr ɪk, ˈstɪər- /

adjective Chemistry.

of or relating to the spatial relationships of atoms in a molecule.
Sometimes ster·i·cal.

Origin of steric

First recorded in 1895–1900; ster(eo)- + -ic
Related formsster·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sterically



/ (ˈstɛrɪk, ˈstɪər-) /


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

Derived Formssterically, adverb

Word Origin for steric

C19: from stereo- + -ic
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Medicine definitions for sterically


[ stĕrĭk ]


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

Related formssteri•cal•ly adv.
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