Definition of steric in English:

steric

Syllabification: ster·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈsterik, ˈsti(ə)r-
 
/

adjective

Chemistry
  • Of or relating to the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule, especially as it affects chemical reactions.
    More example sentences
    • In addition, this secondary amine presents some steric impediment by the glucose molecule from the terpenoid moiety.
    • In such a situation, the large additive will be excluded from solvating the gap between the protein molecules for steric reasons.
    • This is purely a geometric effect, since these calculations do not use any energy functions other than those implicit in the steric interactions and the chemical bonds.

Derivatives

sterically

adverb
More example sentences
  • Cholesterol can also sterically block large molecules of fatty acyl chains, making the cell membrane less fluid, thus controlling the membrane fluidity.
  • The influence of branching on the enzymatic stability of the compounds was investigated, as it is known that sterically hindered ester prodrugs are more stable toward enzymatic hydrolysis.
  • In our calculations, however, the single x-ray snapshot was replaced by a variety of sterically consistent conformers that likely interconvert.

Origin

late 19th century: formed irregularly from Greek stereos 'solid' + -ic.

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