Of the repulsion of atoms due to closeness or arrangement.
Origin of steric
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Steric Sentence Examples
Decker (Ber., 9 5, 38, p. 1144) has found that many ortho substituted quinolines will not combine with methyl iodide owing to steric hindrance, but the difficulty can be overcome in most cases by using methyl sulphate and heating the reaction components to ioo C. for half an hour.
However, steric hindrance is not fully considered in this Version of the Programs for KIND 10 atoms.