Antipode (chemistry)

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In chemistry, antipode is synonymous with optical antipode. An optical antipode is the same as an enantiomer. A solution of enantiomer rotates plane polarized light in a certain direction. A solution of the opposite enantiomer, the antipode, rotates plane polarized light in the opposite direction.

The chemical term antipode is considered obsolete, and its use is discouraged.[citation needed] However, the term antipode can still be found in modern-day chemistry journals. The modern-day approved term for both antipode and optical antipode is enantiomer.[1][2]

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  2. ^ The Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds, Eliel, E. L.; Wilen, S. H., Wiley Interscience, New York, 1994, 1203. ISBN 0-471-01670-5, QD481.E52115 1993