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conformation

[kon-fawr-mey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn fɔrˈmeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
manner of formation; structure; form, as of a physical entity.
2.
symmetrical disposition or arrangement of parts.
3.
the act or process of conforming; adaptation; adjustment.
4.
the state of being conformed.
5.
Chemistry. an atomic spatial arrangement that results from rotation of carbon atoms about single bonds within an organic molecule. (contrasted with configuration).
Origin of conformation
1505-1515
1505-15; < Latin confōrmātiōn- (stem of confōrmātiō), equivalent to confōrmāt(us) past participle of confōrmāre to shape (con- con- + fōrm(a) form + -āt(us) -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
conformational, adjective
Synonyms
1. configuration, shape.
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conformation

/ˌkɒnfɔːˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the general shape or outline of an object; configuration
2.
the arrangement of the parts of an object
3.
the act or state of conforming
4.
(chem)
  1. another name for configuration (sense 3a)
  2. one of the configurations of a molecule that can easily change its shape and can consequently exist in equilibrium with molecules of different configuration
Derived Forms
conformational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for conformation
n.

1510s, from Latin conformationem (nominative conformatio) "a symmetrical forming," noun of action from past participle stem of conformare (see conform).

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conformation in Medicine

conformation con·for·ma·tion (kŏn'fər-mā'shən)
n.
One of the spatial arrangements of atoms in a molecule that can come about through free rotation of the atoms about a single chemical bond.

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