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)

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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