Topics - Chiral
Chiral is a term used in stereochemistry which is the study of the three-dimensional structure of chemical compounds. Isomers of the same substance that only differ in the spatial arrangement of their atoms are called stereoisomers. Certain sterioisomers that only differ in their capacity for rotating the plane of polarized light passed through them are termed optically active or chiral. Stereoisomers that exhibit chiral properties are called enantiomers. Thus, the adjective chiral indicates that the substance can rotate the plane of any polarized light that is passed though it. In fact, chiral, describes an optical property of a substance.