Definition of agostic in English:


Pronunciation /əˈɡɒstɪk/


  • Designating a kind of three-centre bonding between a central metal atom and a hydrogen atom which is bonded to a carbon atom in another part of the same molecule; of, relating to, or involving bonding of this kind.

    The C – H bond is part of a ligand already attached to the central atom or ion via another atom.


1980s. From a supposed ancient Greek verb ἀγοστεῖν to clasp or hold to oneself (attributed to Homer) + -ic.