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(+)-Tartaric acid and meso-tartaric acids are :

A

enantiomers

B

diastereomers

C

geometric isomers

D

none of these

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Correct option is B)

Tartric acid contains two asymmetric centers, but two of the "isomers" are equivalent and together are called meso which is not optically active, while the remaining two isomers are D- and L- mirror images, i.e., enantiomers. The meso form is a diastereomer of the other forms.

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