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Definition of Steric strain

Steric strain Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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In chemistry, van der Waals strain is strain resulting from van der Waals repulsion when two substituents in a molecule approach each other with a distance less than the sum of their van der Waals radii. Van der Waals strain is also called van der Waals repulsion and is related to steric hindrance. One of the most common forms of this strain is eclipsing hydrogen, in Alkanes.

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