Enantiomer Definition

molecular structure of example enantiomer

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An enantiomer is one of a pair of optical isomers.

Examples

The central carbon in serine is the chiral carbon. The amino group and hydrogen can rotate about the carbon, resulting in two enantiomers of serine, L-serine and D-serine.

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