centrifugal distortion

centrifugal distortion

[‚sen′trif·i·gəl di′stȯr·shən]
(physics)
Tendency of a molecule to stretch slightly as its speed of rotation increases.
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The derived molecular properties, such as rotational and centrifugal distortion constants, hyperfine structure constants, electric dipole moments, rotational g-factors and internuclear distances (for diatomic molecules) are listed with one standard deviation uncertainties for all species.