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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In biochemistry, a symbol used as a prefix to indicate the spatial configuration of certain organic compounds with asymmetric carbon atoms. It is used if an organic compound has a configuration about an asymmetric carbon atom analogous to that of D-glyceraldehyde (the arbitrarily chosen standard), in which the hydroxy (OH) functional group is on the right side of the asymmetric carbon atom.

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From dextrorotatory.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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