Chirality

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For the manga by Satoshi Urushihara, see Chirality (manga).

Chirality, or "handedness", (Greek, χειρ, kheir: "hand") is a property of asymmetry important in several branches of science.

An object or a system is called chiral if it differs from its mirror image, and its mirror image cannot be superposed on the original object. A chiral object and its mirror image are called enantiomorphs (Greek opposite forms) or, when referring to molecules, enantiomers. A non-chiral object is called achiral (sometimes also amphichiral) and can be superposed on its mirror image.

Chirality may also refer to:

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