birefringence

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bi·re·frin·gence

noun \ˌbī-ri-ˈfrin-jən(t)s\

Definition of BIREFRINGENCE

:  the refraction of light in an anisotropic material (as calcite) in two slightly different directions to form two rays
bi·re·frin·gent \-jənt\ adjective

Origin of BIREFRINGENCE

International Scientific Vocabulary 1bi- + refringent refracting, from Latin refringent-, refringens, present participle of refringere to break up — more at refract
First Known Use: 1898

bi·re·frin·gence

noun \ˌbī-ri-ˈfrin-jən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BIREFRINGENCE

: the refraction of light in an anisotropic material in two slightly different directions to form two rays
bi·re·frin·gent \-jənt\ adjective

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