Abbe refractometer


Ab·​be refractometer
: a refractometer in which the critical angle for total reflection at the interface of a film of a liquid between two similar glass prisms is utilized in determining the index of refraction

Word History


after Ernst Abbe †1905 German physicist

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Abbe refractometer was in 1876

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“Abbe refractometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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