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What does "Chiral" mean?

Last Updated Sep 15, 2005

Chiral /'kaier(e)l/ adj. Chem. (of a crystal, etc.) not superposable on its mirror image.

From Lederman's The God Particle: "Chiral symmetry is one of these elegant symmetries that describe the early universe--one pattern that repeats and repeats and repeats like wallpaper, but unrelieved by corridors, doors or corners--unending."

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