van der waals forces

van der Waals' forces

noun Physical Chemistry.
weak, nonspecific forces between molecules.
Also, van der Waals forces.


Origin:
1925–30; see van der Waals' equation

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van der Waals forces
 
pl n
weak electrostatic forces between atoms and molecules caused by transient distortions in the distribution of electrons in the interacting atoms or molecules

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