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chiral

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adjective chi·ral \ˈkī-rəl\

Definition of chiral

  1. :  of or relating to a molecule that is not superimposable on its mirror image

chirality

play \kī-ˈra-lə-tē, kə-\ noun


Origin and Etymology of chiral

chir- + 1-al


First Known Use: 1894

Rhymes with chiral


Medical Dictionary

chiral

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adjective chi·ral \ˈkī-rəl\

Medical Definition of chiral

  1. 1aof a molecule :  having a structure that is nonsuperimposable on its mirror image <chiral molecules>b:  relating to or composed of chiral molecules <In discussions of chiral drugs, thalidomide is sometimes cited as a prime example of a drug that differs strikingly in the properties of its two enantiomers.—Stephen C. Stinson, Chemical & Engineering News, 19 Sept. 1994>

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or being a chiral center

chirality

\kī-ˈral-ət-ē\play noun plural

chiralities




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