Definition of chiral
: of or relating to a molecule that is not superimposable on its mirror image
chiralityplay \kī-ˈra-lə-tē, kə-\ noun
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A primary inspiration was found in chemistry and chiral molecules, identically mirrored structures with different purposes.
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Origin and Etymology of chiral
chir- + 1-al
First Known Use: 1894See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of chiral
1aof a molecule : having a structure that is nonsuperimposable on its mirror image chiral moleculesb: 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. Stinson, Chemical & Engineering News, 19 Sept. 1994
2: of, relating to, or being a chiral center
chirality\kī-ˈral-ət-ē\play noun plural
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