dextrorotatory

adjective
dex·​tro·​ro·​ta·​to·​ry | \ ˌdek-strō-ˈrō-tə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce dextrorotatory (audio) \

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, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dextrorotatory was circa 1872

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“Dextrorotatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dextrorotatory. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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dextrorotatory

adjective
dex·​tro·​ro·​ta·​to·​ry | \ -ˈrōt-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce dextrorotatory (audio) \
variants: also dextrorotary \ -​ˈrōt-​ə-​rē How to pronounce dextrorotary (audio) \

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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