optical isomerism


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optical isomerism

[′äp·tə·kəl ī′säm·ə‚riz·ən]
(physical chemistry)
Existence of two forms of a molecule such that one is a mirror image of the other; the two molecules differ in that rotation of light is equal but in opposite directions.
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