Definition of enantiomorph in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnantɪə(ʊ)mɔːf/
Pronunciation: /ɛˈnantɪə(ʊ)mɔːf/


Each of two crystalline or other geometrical forms which are mirror images of each other.
Example sentences
  • Two asymmetrical trails that mirror each other could be called enantiomorphic after those two common enantiomorphs - the right and left hands.
  • Exhibiting external bilateral symmetry about a vertical midline, the human body consists of two enantiomorphs - the right and left sides.
  • As tantalizingly similar as they may appear, enantiomorphs cannot be reconciled.



Pronunciation: /ɪnantɪə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfɪk/ Pronunciation: /ɛnantɪə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfɪk/
Example sentences
  • Reynolds finds that Smithson's attempts to reveal blind spots embedded in certain models of perception that prevailed during the 1960s were repeatedly figured in works that relied on enantiomorphic strategies.
  • Smithson's enantiomorphic deconstructions of Stephens's Yucatan views produce, in the aggregate, a kind of spontaneous construction of their own.
  • In 1965, the idea of the enantiomorphic pair migrated from the Man of Sorrow paintings to a two-part wall sculpture called Enantiomorphic Chambers.


Pronunciation: /ɪnantɪə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfɪz(ə)m/
Pronunciation: /ɛnantɪə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • Smithson's seizing on the idea of enantiomorphism as his general model of reflection is, I think, the aspect of his work that most fully approximates poststructuralism.


Pronunciation: /ɪnantɪə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfəs/ Pronunciation: /ɛnantɪə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfəs/


Late 19th century: from Greek enantios 'opposite' + -morph.

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