racemic [rey-see-mik, -sem-ik, ruh-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective Chemistry.
- noting or pertaining to any of various organic compounds in which racemism occurs.
In the one case, therefore, the racemic compound has a higher, in the other a lower melting point than the active forms.
The lower isothermal, on the other hand, would be obtained at a temperature at which the racemic compound could be formed.
As, for instance, strychnine racemate, a compound of racemic acid with the optically active strychnine.
Racemic acid is rather less soluble than tartaric, and separates first from a solution containing the two acids.
A solution of racemic acid precipitates a neutral salt of calcium, which is not the case with tartaric acid.
British Dictionary definitions for racemic racemic adjective
- chem of, concerned with, or being a mixture of equal amounts of enantiomers and consequently having no optical activity
Derived Formsracemism (ˈræsɪˌmɪzəm, rəˈsiːmɪzəm), nounWord Origin for racemic C19: from raceme (as in racemic acid) + -ic racemic in Medicine racemic [rā-sē′mĭk, -sĕm′ĭk, rə-] adj.
- 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.
racemic in Science racemic [rə-sē′mĭk]
- Relating to a chemical compound that contains equal quantities of the dextrorotatory and levorotatory forms of the compound and therefore does not rotate the plane of incident polarized light.
- Relating to or consisting of racemes.