Definition of conformation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkänfôrˈmāSHən/
Pronunciation: /ˌkänfərˈmāSHən/


1The shape or structure of something, especially an animal: the judges run their hands over the dog’s body and legs, checking its conformation
More example sentences
  • Following this event it takes some time for the channel conformation to relax back to the original structure or conformation.
  • It also improves the carcase conformation and composition, while he also finds the lambs are much cleaner due to the lower worm burden.
  • The judges then walked down the row checking the conformation of the horses and getting a closer look at each one.
1.1 Chemistry Any of the spatial arrangements that the atoms in a molecule may adopt and freely convert between, especially by rotation about individual single bonds. Compare with configuration.
Example sentences
  • Then, we fix the adsorbed DNA molecules in their conformations thanks to uranyl acetate and we dry the sample using filter paper.
  • Amino acid side chains are known to adopt discrete conformations depending on the local protein environment.
  • We then estimate the free energies of all dimer conformations in all-atom molecular mechanics simulations with explicit water.



Pronunciation: /ˌkänfərˈmāSH(ə)n(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • In this article, we only study the kinetics involving the conformational changes near the binding interface.
  • These functions increased the conformational energy of the system if it deviated from specified parameters.
  • In this approach, only energy-minimized conformational substates have been considered.


Early 16th century (in the sense 'conforming, adaptation'): from Latin conformatio(n-), from conformare 'to shape, fashion' (see conform).

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Syllabification: con·for·ma·tion

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