dextrorotatory

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adjective dex·tro·ro·ta·to·ry \ -ˈrō-tə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of dextrorotatory

:turning clockwise or toward the right; specifically :rotating the plane of polarization of light toward the right
  • dextrorotatory crystals
— compare levorotatory

First Known Use of dextrorotatory

circa 1872


Medical Dictionary

dextrorotatory

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adjective dex·tro·ro·ta·to·ry \ -ˈrōt-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- \
variants: also dextrorotary play \-ˈrōt-ə-rē\

medical Definition of dextrorotatory

:turning clockwise or toward the right; especially :rotating the plane of polarization of light toward the right
  • dextrorotatory crystals
— compare levorotatory

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