racemic

adjective
ra·​ce·​mic | \ rā-ˈsē-mik How to pronounce racemic (audio) , rə- \

Definition of racemic

: of, relating to, or constituting a compound or mixture that is composed of equal amounts of dextrorotatory and levorotatory forms of the same compound and is not optically active

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Recent Examples on the Web Physicians have been prescribing racemic ketamine off-label to patients with depression for at years. Raleigh Mcelvery, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022

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First Known Use of racemic

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for racemic

racemic acid, a compound with such a structure obtained from grape juice, ultimately from Latin racemus

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“Racemic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racemic. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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racemic

adjective
ra·​ce·​mic | \ rā-ˈsē-mik, rə- How to pronounce racemic (audio) \

Medical Definition of racemic

: of, relating to, or constituting a compound or mixture that is composed of equal amounts of dextrorotatory and levorotatory forms of the same compound and is optically inactive — compare dl-

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