van der Waals' forces
or van der Waals forces
- weak, nonspecific forces between molecules.
Origin of van der Waals' forces
First recorded in 1925–30; see origin at van der Waals' equation
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van der Waals forces
- weak electrostatic forces between atoms and molecules caused by transient distortions in the distribution of electrons in the interacting atoms or molecules