Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or exhibiting chirality.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the hand. See chirality.

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  • adjective Of an object that exhibits chirality, as in the left-handed and right-handed versions of a helix.

Etymologies

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

[chir(o)– + –al.]

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Ancient Greek χείρ (kheir, "hand").

Examples

  • The word chiral comes from the Greek word cheir, which means hand.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2001 - Information for the Public

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The word chiral derives from the Greek word ceir (cheir), meaning hand.

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