optical rotation

noun

Definition of optical rotation

:the angle through which the plane of vibration of polarized light that traverses an optically active substance is rotated

First Known Use of optical rotation

1881


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optical rotation

noun

medical Definition of optical rotation

:the angle through which the plane of vibration of polarized light that traverses an optically active substance is rotated

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