- (of a molecule) not superimposable on its mirror image.
Origin of chiral
1894; chir- < Greek cheír hand + -al1; coined by Lord Kelvin
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Word Origin and History for chiral
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- Of or relating to the structural characteristic of a molecule that makes it impossible to superimpose it on its mirror image.
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