[ kahy-ruh l ]
/ ˈkaɪ rəl /
(of a molecule) not superimposable on its mirror image.
Origin of chiral
1894; chir- < Greek cheír hand + -al1; coined by Lord Kelvin
Related formschi·ral·i·ty [kahy-ral-i-tee] /kaɪˈræl ɪ ti/, noun
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Word Origin and History for chiral
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Medicine definitions for chiral
[ kī′rəl ]
Of or relating to the structural characteristic of a molecule that makes it impossible to superimpose it on its mirror image.
Related formschi•ral′i•ty (kī-răl′ĭ-tē) n.
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