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

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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The first known use of racemic was in 1892

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“Racemic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racemic. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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Nglish: Translation of racemic for Spanish Speakers

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