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steric

[ster-ik, steer-]
adjective Chemistry.
  1. 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
Related formsster·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sterically

steric

sterical

adjective
  1. chem of, concerned with, or caused by the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule
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Derived Formssterically, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from stereo- + -ic
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sterically in Medicine

steric

(stĕrĭk)
n.
  1. Of or relating to the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule; stereochemical.
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Related formssteri•cal•ly adv.
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