chiral

adjective chi·ral \ ˈkī-rəl \
|Updated on: 23 Jul 2018

Definition of chiral

: of or relating to a molecule that is not superimposable on its mirror image

chirality

play \kī-ˈra-lə-tē, kə-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of chiral

chir- + 1-al


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chiral

adjective chi·ral \ ˈkī-rəl \

medical Definition of chiral

1 a of a molecule : having a structure that is nonsuperimposable on its mirror image
  • chiral molecules
b : relating to or composed of chiral molecules
  • In discussions of chiral drugs, thalidomide is sometimes cited as a prime example of a drug that differs strikingly in the properties of its two enantiomers.
  • —Stephen C. StinsonChemical & Engineering News19 Sept. 1994
2 : of, relating to, or being a chiral center

chirality

play \kī-ˈral-ət-ē\ noun, plural -ties

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