Definition of Chiral

Chiral objects are defined to be those objects which are not superimposed on their mirror images. In chemistry, chirality is defined as a phenomenon in which a molecule or an ion despite having different combinations of rotations, is unable to superimpose on its mirror image. A chiral molecule or ion is one which has two stereoisomers.


These stereoisomers are known to be enantiomers as they are mirror images of each other and they are regarded as right or left-handed on the basis of their configuration. The chemical properties of these stereoisomers remain the same and exhibit opposite optical activity. Inorganic compounds, carbon is regarded as a chiral centre. Examples of chiral compounds include proteins, carbohydrates, etc.

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