Definition of chiral in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌɪr(ə)l/


Asymmetric in such a way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable.
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.



Pronunciation: /kʌɪˈralɪti/
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.


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

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