[[t]ˈkaɪ rəl[/t]] adj.
chem. not able to be superimposed on its mirror image:
chiral molecules[/ex]
Etymology: 1894; chir- < Gk cheír hand + -al I; coined by Lord Kelvin chi•ral′i•ty, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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