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

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  • chiral — chiral, ale, aux [ kiral, o ] adj. • 1970; angl. chiral (1894), du gr. kheir « main » → chir(o) ♦ Sc. Se dit d un objet qui n est pas superposable à son image dans un miroir plan. Deux molécules chirales sont l image l une de l autre. ● chiral,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • chiral — 1894, coined by Lord Kelvin from Latinized comb. form of Gk. kheir hand (from PIE *ghes hand ) + AL (Cf. al) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • chiral — [kī′rəl] adj. [ CHIR(O) + AL] Chem. designating or of an asymmetrical form, as a molecule, that cannot be superimposed on its mirror image chirality [kī ral′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • Chiral — Chiralité Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Chiral — In der Chemie bezeichnet die Chiralität (griechisches Kunstwort, die Händigkeit, abgeleitet vom Wortstamm χειρ , ch[e]ir hand ), in der Kristallographie auch Enantiomorphie genannt, die räumliche Anordnung von Atomen, bei denen bestimmte… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • chiral — chi•ral [[t]ˈkaɪ rəl[/t]] adj. chem. not able to be superimposed on its mirror image: chiral molecules[/ex] • Etymology: 1894; chir < Gk cheír hand + al I; coined by Lord Kelvin chi•ral′i•ty, n …   From formal English to slang

  • chiral — adjective Etymology: chir + 1 al Date: 1894 of or relating to a molecule that is not superimposable on its mirror image • chirality noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chiral — (ki rěl) Having handedness: consisting of one or another stereochemical form …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • chiral — chirality /kuy ral i tee/, n. /kuy reuhl/, adj. Chem. (of a molecule) not superimposable on its mirror image. [1894; chir < Gk cheír hand + AL1; coined by Lord Kelvin] * * * …   Universalium

  • chiral — Denoting an object, such as a molecule in a given configuration or conformation, that possesses chirality. A c. molecule has no plane, axis, or center of symmetry. * * * chi·ral kī rəl …   Medical dictionary