- 1. The general form of a body and its parts. 2. In chemistry, the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule. The c. of a compound ( e.g., a sugar) is the unique spatial arrangement of its atoms such that no other arrangement of these atoms is superimposable thereon with complete correspondence, regardless of changes in conformation (i.e., twisting or rotation about single bonds); change of c. requires breaking and rejoining of bonds, as in going from d to l configurations of sugars. Cf.:conformation.
* * *1 a) relative arrangement of parts or elementsb) the stable structural makeup of a chemical compound esp. with reference to the space relations of the constituent atoms2) GESTALT <personality \configuration>con·fig·u·ra·tion·al -shnəl, -shən-əl adjcon·fig·u·ra·tion·al·ly -ē adv
* * *con·fig·u·ra·tion (kən-fig″u-raґshən) 1. the arrangement of parts of a whole. 2. in chemistry, the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule, the property that distinguishes a compound from its stereoisomers. Cf. constitution.
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configuration — [ kɔ̃figyrasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1190; lat. configuratio 1 ♦ Didact. Forme extérieure, aspect général. La configuration d un pays. ⇒ conformation, figure, forme. « Il put se rendre compte aussitôt de la configuration des lieux » (Alain Fournier). 2 ♦ Sc … Encyclopédie Universelle
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