ste·​reo·​spe·​cif·​ic ˌster-ē-ō-spi-ˈsi-fik How to pronounce stereospecific (audio)
: being, produced by, or involved in a stereochemically specific process
many enzymes act as stereospecific catalysts
stereospecific plastics
stereospecifically adverb
stereospecificity noun

Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stereospecific was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Stereospecific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


ste·​reo·​spe·​cif·​ic -spə-ˈsif-ik How to pronounce stereospecific (audio)
: relating to, being, or effecting a reaction or process in which different stereoisomeric starting materials produce different stereoisomeric products
stereospecific polymerization
stereospecific catalysts
stereospecifically adverb
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