asymmetric carbon atom

noun

Definition of asymmetric carbon atom

: a carbon atom in union with four atoms or groups no two of which are alike, compounds containing such a carbon atom being capable of existing in two optically active forms which are distinguished by being respectively levorotatory and dextrorotatory and also in some cases by having enantiomorphous crystal forms

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“Asymmetric carbon atom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asymmetric%20carbon%20atom. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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