Definition of steric in English:

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steric

Pronunciation: /ˈstɛrɪk/
/ˈstɪərɪk/

adjective

Chemistry
Relating to the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule, especially as it affects chemical reactions.
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
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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