Definition of racemic
: of, relating to, or constituting a compound or mixture that is composed of equal amounts of dextrorotatory and levorotatory forms of the same compound and is not optically active
Origin of racemic
racemic acid, a compound with such a structure obtained from grape juice, ultimately from Latin racemus
First Known Use: 1892
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