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[bahy-priz-uh m]
noun Optics.
  1. a triangular prism with an apex angle slightly less than 180°: when illuminated by a point source of light it produces two overlapping beams that form an interference pattern on a screen.
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Origin of biprism

First recorded in 1880–85; bi-1 + prism
Also called Fresnel biprism.
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Historical Examples of biprism

  • In lieu of the biprism, reflectors may be invoked to double the original source of light.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6


British Dictionary definitions for biprism


  1. a prism having a highly obtuse angle to facilitate beam splitting
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