Baeyer strain theory

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

Definition of Baeyer strain theory

  1. :  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)

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Origin and Etymology of baeyer strain theory

after Adolf von Baeyer†1917 German chemist

First Known Use: 1921

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