Definition of "racemization" [racemization]

  • Conversion of an optically active substance to a racemic form. (noun)

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Use "racemization" in a sentence
  • "The new method uses the natural deterioration of silk's amino acids to determine its age by calculating that change over time—a process known as racemization."
  • "The root "racem" of racemization comes from a Latin word for "cluster of grapes"—some early research in chemical molecular structure involved analyzing acids derived from grape juice."
  • "The ratio of these two isomers is initially unequal (with only one exception, naturally occuring amino acids are in the L form) and will decay to a balanced state in a process called '' racemization ''."