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stereochemistry

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The branch of chemistry that deals with spatial arrangements of atoms in molecules and the effects of these arrangements on the chemical and physical properties of substances.

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  • noun chemistry, uncountable the branch of chemistry that involves the spatial arrangement of the atoms of molecules, and studies how this affects the physical and chemical properties of such species
  • noun chemistry, countable the effect of such spatial arrangement on the chemistry of a particular compound

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  • "For in biology, especially at the cellular and molecular levels, nearly all activity depends ultimately upon form, upon physical structure—upon what is called 'stereochemistry.'"

    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 100

    February 11, 2009