Share this entry

Share this page

chiral

División en sílabas: chi·ral
Pronunciación: /ˈkīrəl
 
/

Definición de chiral en inglés:

adjetivo

Chemistry
Asymmetric in such a way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable. Chiral compounds are typically optically active; large organic molecules often have one or more chiral centers where four different groups are attached to a carbon atom.
Example sentences
  • Most alkaloids are also chiral molecules, meaning they have nonsuperimposable mirror images.
  • The resulting chiral nematic giant liquid crystals had wide temperature ranges for their liquid crystal phases, from room temperature to about 80° Celsius.
  • The most common examples of chiral molecules are enantiomers.

Origen

late 19th century: from Greek kheir 'hand' + -al.

Derivados

chirality

1
Pronunciación: /kīˈralitē/
sustantivo
Example sentences
  • Such isomers are called enantiomers and molecules that have enantiomers are said to be chiral or to show chirality.
  • All of this is achieved without switching the chirality of the catalyst.
  • The technique might also be used to template the growth of complex molecular structures with novel architecture and chirality.

Definición de chiral en:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

¿Qué te llama la atención de esta palabra o frase?

Obtenga más de Oxford Dictionaries

Suscribirse para eliminar anuncios y acceder a los recursos premium

Palabra del día Sprachgefühl
Pronunciación: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…