racemization [ras-uh-muh-zey-shuh n, rey-see-muh-] Word Origin noun Chemistry.

  1. the conversion of an optically active substance into an optically inactive mixture of equal amounts of the dextrorotatory and levorotatory forms.

Origin of racemization First recorded in 1890–95; raceme + -ization racemization in Medicine racemization [rā′sə-mĭ-zā′shən, răs′ə-] n.

  1. Conversion of an optically active substance to a raceme.

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