Definition of conformer in English:



  • A form of a compound having a particular molecular conformation.

    ‘changing the temperature alters the relative proportions of the conformers’
    • ‘Here we present a new method to carry out the sampling, and to identify low energy conformers of the molecule.’
    • ‘Water gets conformers to make and accept available hydrogen bonds plus a conformer with no interaction with the protein, representing water in bulk solvent.’
    • ‘However, if conformers that make good hydrogen bonds to ionized sites are unavailable, the calculated ionization free energy will be wrong.’
    • ‘The criteria for defining a conformer were based solely upon the type of intramolecular hydrogen bonds that characterized the analyzed conformations irrespective of other geometrical parameters.’
    • ‘Occasionally during the simulated time some of the hydrogen bonds characteristic of the starting conformer were broken and hydrogen bonds typical of other conformers were formed for short time intervals.’


1960s: blend of conformational (see conformation) and isomer.