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Related to stereoisomerism: geometrical isomerism
Isomerism created by differences in the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
ster′e·o·i′so·mer′ic (-ī′sə-mĕr′ĭk) adj.
(Chemistry) chem isomerism caused by differences in the spatial arrangement of atoms in molecules
ster•e•o•i•som•er•ism(ˌstɛr i oʊ aɪˈsɒm əˌrɪz əm, ˌstɪər-)
the isomerism ascribed to different relative positions of the atoms or groups of atoms in the molecules of organic compounds.
Isomers of a compound which have the same formula and functional groups and differ only in the arrangements of groups in space are stereoisomers.