Baeyer strain theory

Bae·​yer strain theory | \ bā(y)ə(r)- \

Definition of Baeyer strain theory

: a theory in chemistry: the four valences of carbon are normally directed symmetrically in space making angles of 109° 28′ with one another and deflection of these directions produces strain in the molecule (as in the formation of rings)

First Known Use of Baeyer strain theory

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Baeyer strain theory

after Adolf von Baeyer†1917 German chemist

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“Baeyer strain theory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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