optical isomerism


: stereoisomerism in which the isomers have different effects on polarized light and in which asymmetry of the molecule as a whole or the presence of one or more asymmetrical atoms is responsible for such effects

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“Optical isomerism.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/optical%20isomerism. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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