[ ster-ik, steer- ]
/ ˈstɛr ɪk, ˈstɪər- /
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of or relating to the spatial relationships of atoms in a molecule.
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Sometimes ster·i·cal .
OTHER WORDS FROM stericster·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for steric
Some scientists believe in the “steric binding theory,” which states that the molecules fit receptors’ distinct physical shapes.
British Dictionary definitions for steric
/ (ˈstɛrɪk, ˈstɪər-) /
chem of, concerned with, or caused by the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule
Derived forms of stericsterically, adverb
Word Origin for steric
C19: from stereo- + -ic
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Medical definitions for steric
[ stĕr′ĭk ]
Of or relating to the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule; stereochemical.
Other words from stericster′i•cal•ly adv.
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