optical rotation

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of optical rotation was in 1881

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“Optical rotation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optical%20rotation. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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optical rotation

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

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