Definition of racemic in English:
Composed of dextrorotatory and levorotatory forms of a compound in equal proportion.
- It has developed a new process to separate racemic epoxides by hydrolysis.
- Louis Pasteur performed the first enantiomeric resolution in 1848 while studying crystals of a salt of racemic tartaric acid.
- It has an asymmetric carbon atom and therefore has levo and dextro isomers but is supplied as a racemic mixture for anesthetic use.
Early 19th century (in racemic acid): from French racémique 'derived from grape juice' (originally referring to tartaric acid in this) + -ic.
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