racemic acid


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racemic acid

n.
A form of tartaric acid, C4H6O6, that is composed of equal portions of dextrorotatory and levorotatory components, is not optically active, and is sometimes found in grape juice during the making of wine.

racemic acid

n
(Biochemistry) the optically inactive form of tartaric acid that is sometimes found in grape juice
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Noun1.racemic acid - the optically inactive form of tartaric acid that is often found in grape juice
tartaric acid - an acid found in many fruits; used in soft drinks and confectionery and baking powder
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Pasteur hypothesized that the optical activity of tartaric acid was related to its asymmetry, which prompted him to think that racemic acid lacked optical activity because its asymmetric crystals were equal but opposite, thereby canceling one another's light-rotating effects.
Pasteur traveled to Biot's laboratory and repeated his experiment, once again carefully separating the crystals of racemic acid, allowing Biot to double-check every measurement and procedure.
Resolution of Racemic Acids with N-octylglucamine to Give S-naproxen.