ste·​ric | \ ˈster-ik How to pronounce steric (audio) , ˈstir-\

Definition of steric

: relating to or involving the arrangement of atoms in space : spatial

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Other Words from steric

sterically \ ˈster-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sterically (audio) , ˈstir-​ \ adverb

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Evidence suggests that accumulation of ice on the Antarctic continent has been offsetting the steric effect for at least several centuries. Fred Singer, WSJ, "The Sea Is Rising, but Not Because of Climate Change," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of steric

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steric

International Scientific Vocabulary stere- + -ic entry 1

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The first known use of steric was in 1898

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ste·​ric | \ ˈster-ik How to pronounce steric (audio) , ˈstir- How to pronounce steric (audio) \

Medical Definition of steric

: relating to or involving the arrangement of atoms in space

Other Words from steric

sterically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sterically (audio) \ adverb

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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