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birefringence

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noun bi·re·frin·gence \ˌbī-ri-ˈfrin-jən(t)s\

Definition of birefringence

  1. :  the refraction of light in an anisotropic material (as calcite) in two slightly different directions to form two rays

bi·re·frin·gent play \-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


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birefringence

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noun bi·re·frin·gence \ˌbī-ri-ˈfrin-jən(t)s\

Medical Definition of birefringence

  1. :  the refraction of light in an anisotropic material in two slightly different directions to form two rays

  2. bi·re·frin·gent \-jənt\play adjective




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