pleochroism

noun ple·och·ro·ism \ plē-ˈä-krə-ˌwi-zəm \

Definition of pleochroism

: the property of a crystal of showing different colors when viewed by light polarized in different directions

pleochroic

play \ˌplē-ə-ˈkrō-ik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of pleochroism

International Scientific Vocabulary pleochroic, from pleio- + Greek chrōs skin, color


Medical Dictionary

pleochroism

noun ple·och·ro·ism \ plē-ˈäk-rə-ˌwiz-əm \

medical Definition of pleochroism

: the property of a crystal of showing different colors when viewed by light that vibrates parallel to different axes

pleochroic

play \ˌplē-ə-ˈkrō-ik\ adjective

Learn More about pleochroism


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pleochroism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

allowing a liquid or gas to pass through

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!