Definitions for racemicreɪˈsi mɪk, -ˈsɛm ɪk, rə-

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word racemic


  1. racemic(Adjective)

    containing equal amounts of dextrorotatory (D) and levorotatory (L) stereoisomers and therefore not being optically active; typically, will be synthetic rather than natural

  2. Origin: From racémique, from racemus + -ique or from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Racemic(adj)

    pertaining to, or designating, an acid found in many kinds of grapes. It is also obtained from tartaric acid, with which it is isomeric, and from sugar, gum, etc., by oxidation. It is a sour white crystalline substance, consisting of a combination of dextrorotatory and levorotatory tartaric acids

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. racmique. See Raceme.]


  1. Racemic mixture

    In chemistry, a racemic mixture, or racemate /reɪˈsimeɪt/, is one that has equal amounts of left- and right-handed enantiomers of a chiral molecule. The first known racemic mixture was racemic acid, which Louis Pasteur found to be a mixture of the two enantiomeric isomers of tartaric acid. A mixture with only a single enantiomer is an enantiomerically pure or enantiopure mixture.


Find a translation for the racemic definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these racemic definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"racemic." STANDS4 LLC, 2016. Web. 7 Feb. 2016. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for racemic? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for racemic:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.