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Pronunciation: ster'e-o-spe-sif'ik

Definition: As applied to a reaction, denoting a process in which stereoisomerically different starting materials give rise to stereoisomerically different products; a stereospecific process is thus necessarily stereoselective, but not all stereoselective processes are stereospecific.

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