dichroism

noun

di·​chro·​ism ˈdī-(ˌ)krō-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce dichroism (audio)
: the property of some crystals and solutions of absorbing one of two plane-polarized components of transmitted light more strongly than the other
also : the property of exhibiting different colors by reflected or transmitted light compare circular dichroism

Word History

Etymology

Greek díchroos, díchrous "of two colors" + -ism, after French dichroïte, name for cordierite, a mineral exhibiting dichroism — more at dichroic

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dichroism was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Dichroism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichroism. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

dichroism

noun
di·​chro·​ism ˈdī-(ˌ)krō-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce dichroism (audio)
: the property of some crystals and solutions of absorbing one of two plane-polarized components of transmitted light more strongly than the other
also : the property of exhibiting different colors by reflected or transmitted light compare circular dichroism sense 1

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