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Which of the following acids does not exhibit optical isomerism?


A
Tartaric acid
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B
Lactic acid
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C
Maleic acid
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D
α Amino acids
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Solution

The correct option is C Maleic acid

Maleic acid does not exhibit optical isomerism as it lacks chiral C atom.
Tartaric acid, lactic acid and $$ \displaystyle \alpha-$$ amino acids exhibit optical isomerism as they contain chiral C atoms.
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