Asymmetric Molecule

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Asymmetric Molecule

 

a molecule that has no planes or center of symmetry. The asymmetry of molecules may depend on the presence of the asymmetric atom of carbon; in its absence, by the asymmetry of the entire molecule—for example, in the spirans and in some derivatives of diphenyl. Asymmetric molecules exist in the form of optical antipodes.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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