Definition of agostic in English:

agostic

adjective

Chemistry
  • Designating a kind of three-centre bonding between a central metal atom and a hydrogen atom which is bonded to a carbon atom in another part of the same molecule; of, relating to, or involving bonding of this kind.

Origin

1980s. From a supposed ancient Greek verb ἀγοστεῖν to clasp or hold to oneself (attributed to Homer) + -ic. In fact, ἀγοστῷ in Homer represents the dative of ἀγοστός flat of the hand, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

agostic

/əˈɡɒstɪk/