Chiral: A confusing etymology
Article first published online: 19 FEB 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 1–2, January 2010
How to Cite
Bentley, R. (2010), Chiral: A confusing etymology. Chirality, 22: 1–2. doi: 10.1002/chir.20699
- Issue published online: 18 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 19 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 DEC 2008
- Manuscript Received: 12 NOV 2008
- Sir William Thomson;
- Lord Kelvin
Although Lord Kelvin first defined the word “chiral” in 1893−1894, references in the literature give dates varying from 1884 to 1904. He referred previously to hetero and homocheiral in 1873 in a note that is now lost. Apparently overlooked have been his definitions of hetero and homochiral in a text that he coauthored in 1879. The etymology of these and other related neologisms is considered. Chirality 2010. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.