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Question #834 posted on 09/22/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
While talking about translated beings, the spirit world, etcetera, Brother Bott brought up the subject of enantiomorphs. He recounted being in a college chemistry class where the professor said that a given molecule and its enantiomorph do not interact. In other words, they could pass right through each other. I am not convinced. What say you on the matter?
- So Far Cannot Find Out on the Internet

A: Dear unable to find out,
That chemistry professor is using his own definition of "enantiomorph," if that's what he wants the word to mean. 'Course, words can mean anything you want them to. The trick is getting oneself understood. The OED gives "enantiomorph" as a less common variant of "enantiomer," which means "non-superimposable mirror image." No restrictions placed on interactions between two enantiomers (in that definition). That is, using the standard definition (which chemists do) two enantiomeric molecules interact with each other in ways similar to the ways all molecules interact with each other.
- Brother Tom