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For a compound to be called as 'meso',is it necessary that the chiral centres should be adjacent?If not,i want an example.

For a compound to be called as 'meso',is it necessary that the chiral centres should be adjacent?If not,i want an example.

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Chetan Mandayam Nayakar
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12 years ago

They need not be adjacent. for example, take a meso compound with adjacent chiral centres and add any number of achiral carbon atoms between the two chiral centres. It is still a meso compound.

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