optical activity

noun

Definition of optical activity

: ability of a chemical substance to rotate the plane of vibration of polarized light to the right or left

First Known Use of optical activity

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Optical activity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optical%20activity. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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optical activity

noun

Medical Definition of optical activity

: ability of a chemical substance to rotate the plane of vibration of polarized light to the right or left

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