Definition of conformation
2 : formation of something by appropriate arrangement of parts or elements : an assembling into a whole the gradual conformation of the embryo
3a : correspondence especially to a model or planb : structurec : the shape or proportionate dimensions especially of an animald : any of the spatial arrangements of a molecule that can be obtained by rotation of the atoms about a single bond
conformationalplay \ˌkän-(ˌ)fȯr-ˈmā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, -fər-\ adjective
Examples of conformation in a Sentence
The dogs will be judged on conformation tomorrow.
an ice sculpture in the conformation of a swan
Recent Examples of conformation from the Web
The protein will prefer some conformations to others: There may well be only one place in the vast phase space –
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Definition of conformation for English Language Learners
: the way in which something is formed or shaped
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