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racemization

[ras-uh-muh-zey-shuh n, rey-see-muh-] /ˌræs ə məˈzeɪ ʃən, reɪˈsi mə-/
noun, Chemistry
1.
the conversion of an optically active substance into an optically inactive mixture of equal amounts of the dextrorotatory and levorotatory forms.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; raceme + -ization
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  • Another risk involves changes in the structure of amino acids, a kind of spontaneous twisting known as racemization.
racemization in Medicine

racemization ra·ce·mi·za·tion (rā'sə-mĭ-zā'shən, rās'ə-)
n.
Conversion of an optically active substance to a raceme.

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