An organic or inorganic ion or molecule that occupies a cavity, cleft or pocket within
the molecular structure of a host
molecular entity and forms a complex
with it or that is trapped in a cavity within the crystal structure of a host.
PAC, 1994, 66, 1077
(Glossary of terms used in physical organic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1994))
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