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birefringence

[ bahy-ri-frin-juhns ]
/ ˌbaɪ rɪˈfrɪn dʒəns /
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Origin of birefringence

First recorded in 1885–90; bi-1 + refringence

OTHER WORDS FROM birefringence

bi·re·frin·gent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for birefringence

birefringence
/ (ˌbaɪrɪˈfrɪndʒəns) /

noun
another name for double refraction

Derived forms of birefringence

birefringent, adjective
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Scientific definitions for birefringence

birefringence
[ bī′rĭ-frĭnjəns ]

The property or capacity of splitting a beam of light into two beams, each refracted at a different angle, and each polarized at a right angle to the other. Certain crystals such as calcite and quartz have this property.
The difference in the index of refraction between two beams passing through a substance that has this property. See also refraction index of refraction.
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