Definition of Racemic Mixture

Racemic mixture or racemate is a solution that constitutes of both the enantiomers and they are present in equal amounts. These mixtures do not exhibit net optical activity due to the presence of equal and opposite rotations of the enantiomers. These mixtures are formed from the chiral substances by the process known as racemization.


These mixtures are sometimes formed when the achiral compounds are converted into the chiral ones. The enantiomers are known to have almost the same physical properties as BP, MP, solubilities, etc. Hence, it is somewhat difficult to isolate them. One technique that can be employed in resolving these enantiomers is to use a chiral resolving agent.

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