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v. con·formed, con·form·ing, con·forms
a. To be or act in accord with a set of standards, expectations, or specifications: a computer that conforms with the manufacturer's advertising claims; students learning to conform to school safety rules. See Synonyms at correspond.
b. To act, often unquestioningly, in accordance with traditional customs or prevailing standards: "Our table manners ... change from time to time, but the changes are not reasoned out; we merely notice and conform" (Mark Twain).
2. To be similar in form or pattern: a windy road that conforms to the coastline; a shirt that conforms to different body shapes.
To bring into accord or agreement; cause to correspond or comply: "a woman who has conformed herself to the male-designed image of virtuous widowhood so that she can live in peace" (Jennifer Panek). See Synonyms at adapt.

[Middle English conformen, from Old French conformer, from Latin cōnfōrmāre, to shape after : com-, com- + fōrmāre, to shape (from fōrma, shape).]

con·form′er n.
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However, according to the polarized continuum (IEFPCM) model results, all conformers of compounds are found to have negative values of Gsolv in water and ethanol.
We break these groups into two overarching categories: "conformers" (individuals who are prone to obedience) and "colluders" (those who actively align themselves with toxic leaders).
Moreover, it has been demonstrated that this molecule can be present in a peptide-free (open conformer) form and can cooperate with other HLA-class I open conformers during cross-presentation.
Similarly to the successful starting steps (4) of more recent developments (6) on nonlinear creep of macromolecular materials, let us first briefly consider as paradigm of those elementary structural features and motions a set of interchanging "gauche" and "trans" chain conformers. In a hypothetically equilibrated material, their initial equilibrium would of course be reasonably described by Boltzmann's distribution at any given constant temperature, but in real (most often nonequilibrium) situations that will not be the case, depending on the exact initial state (e.g., degree of annealing and orientation) of the system.
At slow chemical exchange, the relative proportion of the two conformers at different temperatures in the range (279-333) K and the cis/trans equilibrium constant of lisinopril have been measured by relative integrals of the two resonance signals of the two states of isomerizations of lisinopril.
Brunson examined 196 eligible parents, of which 126 conformed to the nationally recommended vaccination schedule (conformers), and 70 who either delayed vaccination, vaccinated only partially, or did not vaccinate their children at all (nonconformers).
Density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) and Moller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) are used for calculating the optimized structure for malealdehyde and fumaraldehyde conformers with sulphur and selenium analogues.
The book is based on interviews with 11 women in the US and Iran in 2004; these 'creative conformers' are public intellectuals in their local communities, who construct new rhetorical spaces in their response to Pope John Paul's and Khomeni's moral guidance.
In the absence of a known nucleic acid genome, it has been proposed that the strain-like properties of different TSE agents are encoded by distinct self-propagating conformational variants (conformers) of [PrP.sup.d] (3).
of Chicago) presents seven papers on: the influence of the geometric phase on reaction dynamics, optimal control theory for manipulating molecular processes, comprehension and control of nonadiabatic chemical dynamics and manifestation of molecular functions, exploration of multiple reaction paths to a single product channel, photoelectron circular dichroism in chiral molecules, spectroscopy of the potential energy surfaces for C-H and C-O bond activation by transition metal and metal oxide cation, and stabilization of different conformers of weakly bound complexes to access varying excited-state intermolecular dynamics.
Although ethanol, the "key," is achiral, it has two chiral conformers (gauche) corresponding to the orientation of the methyl group with respect to the O-H bond, and one achiral (trans) conformer (see Figure 2).