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chirality



Term: chirality
Literally meaning: handedness
Origin: Anc Greek
χειρ/khir(=hand)Chiral +μέρος/meros(=part)
-lity(=suffix of having a property or ability)
 Coined/History
Around 1850 Louis Pasteur suggested that molecules could be chiral. The term was coined by W.H. Thompson. (Lord Kelvin) in 1894.but K. Mislow proposed to use the term chirality in chemistry in 1962.
Gal J.Louis Pasteur, language, and molecular chirality. I. Background and dissymmetry. Chirality. 2011 Jan;23(1):1-16. doi: 10.1002/chir.20866.

 

Definition
Chirality is the property of a assymetry in which the objects are non-superposable on its mirror image such as left and right hand.

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