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Each of two or more compounds with the same formula but a different arrangement of atoms in the molecule and different properties.
- ‘An aromatic molecule containing two nitro groups will have three positional isomers.’
- ‘There is evidence that tocopherol isomers differ from each other in their functional properties.’
- ‘In 1907, he synthesized a pair of geometric isomers that confirmed his predictions.’
- ‘However, several research groups have suggested cis isomers of lycopene are better absorbed than the all-trans form.’
- ‘The plant material contains only the active isomers.’
- ‘Conjugated linoleic acid is a mixture of positional and geometric isomers of linoleic acid.’
Each of two or more atomic nuclei that have the same atomic number and the same mass number but different energy states.
- ‘The article proclaimed the dawn of the age of atomic aircraft powered by hafnium-178 isomer reactors.’
- ‘One form is called the (+) isomer because it rotates polarized light to the right, in a positive direction.’
- ‘Constitutional isomers are isomers that have different atomic connectivities.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek isomerēs ‘sharing equally’, from isos ‘equal’ + meros ‘a share’.
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