chiral carbon atom

chiral carbon atom

[¦kī·rəl ¦kär·bən ′ad·əm]
(organic chemistry)
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Next, tocopherols do have stereoisomers, which have the same molecular formula but differ configurationally based on the direction of the methyl groups at chiral carbon atoms, the isomers are designated 2R, 4'R, 8'R; 2S, 4'R, 8'R; 2RS, 4'R, 8'R; 2R, 4'RS, 8'RS; 2S, 4'RS, 8'RS and rotate polarized light to varying degrees.