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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1901, in the meaning defined above

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