optical isomerism


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optical isomerism

n
(Chemistry) isomerism of chemical compounds in which the two isomers differ only in that their molecules are mirror images of each other. See also dextrorotation, laevorotatory, racemize
optical isomer n
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Pyrethroids are chiral compounds characterized by geometric (cis and trans diastereomers) and optical isomerism (R and S enantiomers).
Ephedrine exhibits optical isomerism and has two chiral centres.
It could be optical isomerism or something, but I'm sure I'm right.