enantiomer

noun
en·​an·​tio·​mer | \ i-ˈnan-tē-ə-mər How to pronounce enantiomer (audio) \

Definition of enantiomer

: either of a pair of chemical compounds whose molecular structures have a nonsuperimposable mirror-image relationship to each other — compare diastereomer

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Other Words from enantiomer

enantiomeric \ i-​ˌnan-​tē-​ə-​ˈmer-​ik How to pronounce enantiomeric (audio) \ adjective

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Strangely enough, meth's enantiomer is the active ingredient in Vick's Vapor Inhaler. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Breaking Bad Fact vs Fiction: Walter White's Secret Formula," 19 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of enantiomer

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enantiomer

Greek enantios + English -mer

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enantiomer

noun
en·​an·​tio·​mer | \ in-ˈant-ē-ə-mər How to pronounce enantiomer (audio) \

Medical Definition of enantiomer

: either of a pair of chemical compounds whose molecular structures have a mirror-image relationship to each other

called also optical antipode

Other Words from enantiomer

enantiomeric \ -​ˌant-​ē-​ə-​ˈmer-​ik How to pronounce enantiomeric (audio) \ adjective
enantiomerically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce enantiomerically (audio) \ adverb

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