[kahy-ruh l] /ˈkaɪ rəl/
(of a molecule) not superimposable on its mirror image.
the configuration or handedness (left or right) of an asymmetric, optically active chemical compound Also called dissymmetry
1894, a hybrid coined by Lord Kelvin from Latinized comb. form of Greek kheir “hand” (from PIE *ghes- “hand;” see chiro-) + -al (1).
chiral chi·ral (kī’rəl)
Of or relating to the structural characteristic of a molecule that makes it impossible to superimpose it on its mirror image.
chi·ral’i·ty (kī-rāl’ĭ-tē) n.
The characteristic of a structure (usually a molecule) that makes it impossible to superimpose it on its mirror image. Also called handedness. See also helicity, invariance, optical isomer.
noun a Japanese dish of sushi ingredients artistically arranged on top of vinegared rice Word Origin Japanese meaning ‘scattered sushi’ Usage Note cooking
[cher-cheek; Russian chyir-chyeek] /tʃərˈtʃik; Russian tʃyɪrˈtʃyik/ noun 1. a city in E Uzbekistan, E of Tashkent.
[kee-roh, kahy-] /ˈkiˈroʊ, ˈkaɪ-/ noun, plural Chi-Rhos. 1. the Christian monogram ( ☧ ) made from the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ.
[chir-i-kah-wuh] /ˌtʃɪr ɪˈkɑ wə/ noun, plural Chiricahuas (especially collectively) Chiricahua for 1. 1. a member of an Apache Indian group, formerly located in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, now living primarily in Oklahoma and New Mexico. 2. the Athabaskan language of the Chiricahua, differing only dialectically from Navaho.