Racemic Combination

A racemic combination, also known as a racemate, is a mixture of equal amounts of two optical isomers, also called enantiomers. These two isomers are mirror images of each other, but are not superimposable. They have the same molecular formula and physical properties, but different biological activity. The term “racemic” comes from the Latin word “racemus” which means “a bunch of grapes”.

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