asymmetric carbon atom
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asymmetric carbon atom:see isomerisomer
, in chemistry, one of two or more compounds having the same molecular formula but different structures (arrangements of atoms in the molecule). Isomerism is the occurrence of such compounds. Isomerism was first recognized by J. J. Berzelius in 1827.
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asymmetric carbon atom[¦ā·sə¦me·trik ¦kär·bən ′ad·əm]
A carbon atom with four different atoms or groups of atoms bonded to it. Also known as chiral carbon atom; stereogenic center.
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