racemate


ra·ce·mate

noun \rā-ˈsē-ˌmāt, rə-; ˈra-sə-\

Definition of RACEMATE

:  a racemic compound or mixture

First Known Use of RACEMATE

1907

ra·ce·mate

noun \rā-ˈsē-ˌmāt, rə-; ˈras-ə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RACEMATE

: a racemic compound or mixture

racemate

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mixture of equal quantities of two enantiomers, substances whose molecular structures are mirror images of one another (see isomer). The two enantiomers rotate polarized light through opposite angles, canceling each other out so that the racemic mixture has no optical activity. Racemization is the conversion of an optically active form of a compound into a racemic mixture; reversing this process is called resolution.

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