circular dichroism

noun

Definition of circular dichroism

1 : the property (as of an optically active medium) of unequal absorption of right and left plane-polarized light so that the emergent light is elliptically polarized
2 : a spectroscopic technique that makes use of circular dichroism

First Known Use of circular dichroism

circa 1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of circular dichroism was circa 1961

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“Circular dichroism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circular%20dichroism. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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circular dichroism

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Medical Definition of circular dichroism

1 : the property (as of an optically active medium) of unequal absorption of right and left plane-polarized light so that the emergent light is elliptically polarized
2 : a spectroscopic technique that makes use of circular dichroism

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