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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kahy-ruh l]
    • /ˈkaɪ rəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kahy-ruh l]
    • /ˈkaɪ rəl/

Definitions of chiral word

  • adjective chiral designating or of an asymmetrical form, as a molecule, that cannot be superimposed on its mirror image 3
  • adjective chiral (of a molecule) not superimposable on its mirror image. 1
  • noun chiral Of an object that exhibits chirality, as in the left-handed and right-handed versions of a helix. 1

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Origin of chiral

First appearance:

before 1894
One of the 20% newest English words
1894; chir- < Greek cheír hand + -al1; coined by Lord Kelvin

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Parts of speech for Chiral


chiral popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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