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[ih-nan-tee-uh-mawrf] /ɪˈnæn ti əˌmɔrf/
noun, Crystallography
either of two crystals exhibiting enantiomorphism.
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British Dictionary definitions for enantiomorph


either of the two crystal forms of a substance that are mirror images of each other
Derived Forms
enantiomorphic, adjective
enantiomorphism, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Greek enantios opposite + -morph
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enantiomorph in Medicine

enantiomorph en·an·ti·o·morph (ĭ-nān'tē-ə-môrf')
Either of a pair of crystals, molecules, or compounds that are mirror images of each other but are not identical. Also called enantiomer.

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Encyclopedia Article for enantiomorph


(from Greek enantios, "opposite"; morphe, "form"), also called Antimer, or Optical Antipode, either of a pair of objects related to each other as the right hand is to the left, that is, as mirror images that cannot be reoriented so as to appear identical. An object that has a plane of symmetry cannot be an enantiomorph because the object and its mirror image are identical. Molecular enantiomorphs, such as those of lactic acid, have identical chemical properties, except in their chemical reaction with other dissymmetric molecules and with polarized light. Enantiomorphs are important to crystallography because many crystals are arrangements of alternate right- and left-handed forms of a single molecule. A complete description of the crystal specifies how the forms are mixed with each other

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