conformation

noun con·for·ma·tion \ ˌkän-(ˌ)fȯr-ˈmā-shən , -fər- \
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of conformation

1 : the act of conforming or producing conformity : adaptation
2 : formation of something by appropriate arrangement of parts or elements : an assembling into a whole
  • the gradual conformation of the embryo
3 a : correspondence especially to a model or plan
b : structure
c : the shape or proportionate dimensions especially of an animal
d : any of the spatial arrangements of a molecule that can be obtained by rotation of the atoms about a single bond

conformational

play \ˌkän-(ˌ)fȯr-ˈmā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl, -fər-\ adjective

Examples of conformation in a Sentence

  1. The dogs will be judged on conformation tomorrow.

  2. an ice sculpture in the conformation of a swan

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First Known Use of conformation

1511

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CONFORMATION Defined for English Language Learners

conformation

Definition of conformation for English Language Learners

  • : the way in which something is formed or shaped


Medical Dictionary

conformation

noun con·for·ma·tion \ ˌkän-(ˌ)fȯr-ˈmā-shən, -fər- \

medical Definition of conformation

: any of the spatial arrangements of a molecule that can be obtained by rotation of the atoms about a single bond

conformational

play \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl\ adjective

conformationally

play \\ adverb


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