absolute configuration


Definition of absolute configuration

: the orientation (see orientation sense 6a) of the components of a chiral chemical compound A third naming system, also based on absolute configuration, uses the letters D and L, but is now rarely used.— Geoffrey T Tucker, Lancet, 25 Mar. 2000

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First Known Use of absolute configuration

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Absolute configuration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute%20configuration. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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