index of refraction

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1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Index of refraction.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of index of refraction

: the ratio of the speed of radiation (as light) in one medium (as a vacuum) to that in another medium

called also refractive index

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