chirality

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These two amino acids are mirror images of each other but they are otherwise identical, like left and right hand; hence, they are chiral.

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From chiral +‎ -ity.

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  • enPR: kīrăl'ĭtē, IPA(key): /kaɪˈɹælɪti/
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  • Rhymes: -ælɪti

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chirality (countable and uncountable, plural chiralities)

  1. The phenomenon, in chemistry, physics and mathematics, in which objects are mirror images of each other, but are otherwise identical; handedness

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