In chemistry, bind (TR=97) or “binding” (e.g. molecular binding), as contrasted with bond (TR=476) or “bonding” (e.g. chemical bond), refers to []

Binding affinity
The term “binding affinity” refers to []

Binding energy
The term “binding energy” refers to []

Binding force
The term “binding force” refers to []

Chemical thermodynamics [applies] to present-day problems of our society. I will try to show that thermodynamics is a discipline highly relevant to the real world in which we live and that its fundamental laws may be related to human experience. A simple description of energy is that the energy of a [social] system arises from the binding forces [exchange forces] that hold together the elementary particles—nuclei, ions, atoms, molecules, and macromolecules [people]—constituting the system. The greater the binding forces, the more tightly bound is the system, and the lower is its energy. This corresponds to a state of greater [socioeconomic] security. The smaller the binding forces, the less tightly bound is the system, and the higher is its energy. This corresponds to a system of lesser [socioeconomic] security.”
Frederick Rossini (1971), “Chemical Thermodynamics in the Real World

Binding site
A term “binding site” is an area on the surface of a molecule or specific region (or atom) in a molecular entity that combines with another molecule or is capable of entering into a stabilizing interaction with another interaction, according to which two binding sites in different molecular entities are said to be complementary if their interaction is stabilizing; binding sites, on enzymes in particular, can be active sites or allosteric sites. [1]

The following are related quotes:

“We call love what binds us to certain creatures only by reference to a collective way of seeing for which books and legends are responsible. But of love I know only that mixture of desire, affection and intelligence that binds me to this or that creature. That compound is not the same for another person. I do not have the right to cover all these experiences with the same name.”
Albert Camus (1942), The Myth of Sisyphus [2]

1. (a) Daintith, John. (2005). Oxford Dictionary of Chemistry. Oxford University Press.
(b) Binding site – IUPAC Gold Book.
2. (a) Camus, Albert. (1942). The Myth of Sisyphus (pg. 55). Gallimard.
(b) Solomon, Robert C. (1981). Love: Emotion, Myth, & Metaphor (pg. 3). Prometheus Books, 1990.

Further reading
● Connors, Kenneth A. (1987). Binding Constants: the Measure of Molecular Complex Stability. Wiley.

External links

Molecular binding – Wikipedia.

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