conformation

[kon-fawr-mey-shuhn]
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:
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

conformational, adjective


1. configuration, shape.
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conformation (ˌkɒnfɔːˈmeɪʃən)
 
n
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
 a.  another name for configuration
 b.  one of the configurations of a molecule that can easily change its shape and can consequently exist in equilibrium with molecules of different configuration
 
confor'mational
 
adj

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conformation
1510s, from L. conformationem, noun of action from conformare (see conform).
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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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conformation

any one of the infinite number of possible spatial arrangements of atoms in a molecule that result from rotation of its constituent groups of atoms about single bonds.

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Example sentences
The conformation of his mind was such that whatever was little seemed to him
  great, and whatever was great seemed to him little.
The conformation of his mind was such, that whatever was little seemed to him
  great, and whatever was great seemed to him little.
When the pigments absorb the light, proteins bound to them change their
  conformation.
Now waiting for final conformation of results and new dimensions of the quantum
  physics.
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