stereoisomerism in which the isomers are identical in molecular weight and most chemical and physical properties but differ in their effect on the rotation of polarized light.
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Origin of optical isomerism
First recorded in 1890–95
Words nearby optical isomerism
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British Dictionary definitions for optical isomerism
Derived forms of optical isomerismoptical isomer, noun
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Medical definitions for optical isomerism
Stereoisomerism involving the arrangement of substituents about an asymmetric carbon atom or atoms so that the various isomers differ in how they rotate a plane of polarized light.
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