Steric-hindrance meaning

Steric hindrance is the stopping of a chemical reaction which might be caused by a molecule's structure.

An example of steric hindrance is how rotaxanes are created.

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The prevention or retardation of a chemical reaction, caused by the arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
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(chemistry) Any of several effects, most common in organic chemistry, in which the structure or reactivity of a molecule is affected by the physical size and proximity of neighbouring parts of the molecule.
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