Definition of achiral in English:

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Pronunciation: /eɪˈkʌɪr(ə)l/

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(Chiefly of a molecule) symmetric in such a way that it can be superimposed on its mirror image; not chiral.
Example sentences
  • Chiral molecules are not superposable; achiral molecules are.
  • A generalization to molecular crystals built up from dipolar but achiral molecules was recently presented.
  • Possible couplings might be fluorinated groups with hydrocarbons, hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties, siloxanes, and hydrocarbons, etc, and in the present case, chiral and achiral halves.

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