The Wikipedia article of Chiral symmetry doesn't differentiate the two terms "chiral symmetry" and "chirality", hence confusing me. Are they the same?


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Yes, chiral comes from the Greek word χέρι for hand. But in a way chirality and chiral symmetry are opposites: Both your hands together are an object with chiral symmetry because "mirror image of two hands" looks the same as "two hands" - though the reflection interchanges the hands, so to speak. On the other, erm, hand, a single hand (your right hand, say) shows the property of chirality because its mirror image looks different (like a left hand).

  • $\begingroup$ So the chiral symmetry object contains two objects, each of them is chirality? Are those two objects necessary apart? Also, what is the different between "chiral symmetry" and "reflection symmetry"? $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Oct 25, 2014 at 11:25

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