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chiral

[ kahy-ruhl ]
/ ˈkaɪ rəl /
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adjective Chemistry.

(of a molecule) not superimposable on its mirror image.

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Origin of chiral

1894; chir-<Greek cheír hand + -al1; coined by Lord Kelvin

OTHER WORDS FROM chiral

chi·ral·i·ty [kahy-ral-i-tee], /kaɪˈræl ɪ ti/, noun
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Medical definitions for chiral

chiral
[ kīrəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the structural characteristic of a molecule that makes it impossible to superimpose it on its mirror image.

Other words from chiral

chi•rali•ty (kī-rălĭ-tē) n.
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