from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the structural characteristic of a molecule that makes it impossible to superimpose it on its mirror image.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of an object that exhibits chirality, as in the left-handed and right-handed versions of a helix.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the hand. See chirality.
The word chiral comes from the Greek word cheir, which means hand.
The term chiral is used to describe an object or molecule that cannot be superimposed on its mirror image, with the two objects being referred to as enantiomers.
The word chiral derives from the Greek word ceir (cheir), meaning hand.
The term chiral is derived from a word in ancient Greek, meaning hand.
"chiral" comes from the Greek meaning "hand" and signifies that the molecules can have two forms differing from one another as the right hand does from the left.
The phenomenon is known as the chiral magnetic effect - "chiral" means "distinguishing left from right," and it happens when you put the quark-gluon plasma in a magnetic field.
As a certain type of electrons, called chiral Dirac electrons, speed through the graphene, they can mimic the behavior of exotic subatomic particles, including quarks, which are studied by physicists using high-energy particle accelerators.
Soukoulis and his teammates, including Ames Laboratory assistant scientist Thomas Koschny, were the first to study the use of exotic materials known as chiral metamaterials as a way to harness the Casimir effect.
Such molecules are called "chiral" after the Greek work cheir meaning hand.
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