pleochroism

noun
ple·​och·​ro·​ism | \ plē-ˈä-krə-ˌwi-zəm How to pronounce pleochroism (audio) \

Definition of pleochroism

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

Other Words from pleochroism

pleochroic \ ˌplē-​ə-​ˈkrō-​ik How to pronounce pleochroism (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of pleochroism

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pleochroism

borrowed from German Pleochroismus, from pleo- pleo- + -chroismus, in Dichroismus dichroism

Note: The term was apparently introduced by the German mineralogist Wilhelm Haidinger (1795-1871); see "Ueber den Pleochroismus der Krystalle," Annalen der Physik und Chemie, Band 65, no. 5 (1845), pp. 1-29.

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“Pleochroism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleochroism. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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pleochroism

noun
ple·​och·​ro·​ism | \ plē-ˈäk-rə-ˌwiz-əm How to pronounce pleochroism (audio) \

Medical Definition of pleochroism

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

Other Words from pleochroism

pleochroic \ ˌplē-​ə-​ˈkrō-​ik How to pronounce pleochroism (audio) \ adjective

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