stereospecific

adjective ste·reo·spe·cif·ic \ ˌster-ē-ō-spi-ˈsi-fik , ˌstir- \

Definition of stereospecific

: being, produced by, or involved in a stereochemically specific process
  • many enzymes act as stereospecific catalysts
  • stereospecific plastics

stereospecifically

play \ˌster-ē-ō-spi-ˈsi-fi-k(ə-)lē, ˌstir-\ adverb

stereospecificity

play \ˌster-ē-ō-ˌspe-sə-ˈfi-sə-tē, ˌstir-\ noun

First Known Use of stereospecific

1949

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stereospecific

adjective ste·reo·spe·cif·ic \ -spə-ˈsif-ik \

medical Definition of stereospecific

: relating to, being, or effecting a reaction or process in which different stereoisomeric starting materials produce different stereoisomeric products
  • stereospecific polymerization
  • stereospecific catalysts

stereospecifically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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