levorotatory

adjective
le·​vo·​ro·​ta·​to·​ry | \ ˌlē-və-ˈrō-tə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce levorotatory (audio) \

Definition of levorotatory

: turning toward the left or counterclockwise specifically : rotating the plane of polarization of light to the left — compare dextrorotatory

First Known Use of levorotatory

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Levorotatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levorotatory. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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levorotatory

adjective
le·​vo·​ro·​ta·​to·​ry | \ -ˈrōt-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce levorotatory (audio) \
variants: or levorotary \ -​ˈrōt-​ə-​rē How to pronounce levorotatory (audio) \ or British laevorotatory or laevorotary

Medical Definition of levorotatory

: turning toward the left or counterclockwise especially : rotating the plane of polarization of light to the left — compare dextrorotatory

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