What does cis-trans isomer mean?

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  1. cis-trans isomer(Noun)

    either of a pair of geometric isomers, one having the cis- and one having the trans- configuration


  1. cis-trans isomer

    Cis–trans isomerism, also known as geometric isomerism or configurational isomerism, is a term used in chemistry that concerns the spatial arrangement of atoms within molecules. The prefixes "cis" and "trans" are from Latin: "this side of" and "the other side of", respectively. In the context of chemistry, cis indicates that the functional groups (substituents) are on the same side of some plane, while trans conveys that they are on opposing (transverse) sides. Cis–trans isomers are stereoisomers, that is, pairs of molecules which have the same formula but whose functional groups are in different orientations in three-dimensional space. Cis-trans notation does not always correspond to E–Z isomerism, which is an absolute stereochemical description. In general, cis–trans stereoisomers contain double bonds that do not rotate, or they may contain ring structures, where the rotation of bonds is restricted or prevented. Cis and trans isomers occur both in organic molecules and in inorganic coordination complexes. Cis and trans descriptors are not used for cases of conformational isomerism where the two geometric forms easily interconvert, such as most open-chain single-bonded structures; instead, the terms "syn" and "anti" are used. The term "geometric isomerism" is considered by IUPAC to be an obsolete synonym of "cis–trans isomerism".


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cis-trans isomer in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cis-trans isomer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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