Definition of "racemic" [ra•ce•mic]

  • Of or relating to a chemical compound that contains equal quantities of dextrorotatory and levorotatory forms and therefore does not rotate the plane of incident polarized light. (adjective)

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Use "racemic" in a sentence
  • "Rebecca arrives in less than a minute and asks the nurses to get a racemic epinephrine neb."
  • "Resting on a wooden dais throughout the ceremony, the synthetic psychostimulant was warmly praised by Harvard president Drew Faust, who called Adderall a stirring testament to what the human mind can achieve when chemically altered by a combination of dextroamphetamine and racemic DL-amphetamine salts."
  • "Since random samples from natural and artificial (Urey-Miller) have racemic yields."