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Understanding the conformations adopted by the sulfonamide group is essential to the understanding of the way that sulfa drugs act upon the body. The relative energies of these conformations in the solid state are estimated from the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) using cluster analysis, and are used to confirm earlier findings that many high-level ab initio calculations do not reproduce the observed solid-state structure. These conformational studies have been extended to the adjacent torsion angles, and it has been shown that the sulfonamide group significantly affects the form adopted. The relative energies of the observed forms in the solid state have been estimated using data available in the CSD.

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