levorotatory

adjective

le·​vo·​ro·​ta·​to·​ry ˌlē-və-ˈrō-tə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce levorotatory (audio)
: turning toward the left or counterclockwise
specifically : rotating the plane of polarization of light to the left compare dextrorotatory

Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of levorotatory was in 1864

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“Levorotatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levorotatory. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

levorotatory

adjective
le·​vo·​ro·​ta·​to·​ry -ˈrōt-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce levorotatory (audio)
variants or levorotary or British laevorotatory or laevorotary
: turning toward the left or counterclockwise
especially : rotating the plane of polarization of light to the left compare dextrorotatory

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