Meaning of CIS-TRANS ISOMERISM in English

CIS-TRANS ISOMERISM

noun

: geometric isomerism in unsaturated compounds or cyclic compounds depending usually on the presence in the molecule of a pair of substituted groups (as unsymmetrically substituted methylene groups) so that the isomers have comparable substituents on either the same or opposite sides of the molecule: as

a. : stereoisomerism in compounds (as maleic and fumaric acids) containing one or more carbon-to-carbon double bonds

b. : syn-anti isomerism

c. : stereoisomerism in various cyclic compounds (as disubstituted cyclohexanes) which in many cases may also exhibit optical isomerism

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