Baeyer strain theory


Bae·​yer 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)

Word History


after Adolf von Baeyer†1917 German chemist

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Baeyer strain theory was in 1921

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“Baeyer strain theory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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