conformational

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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