[ bahy-ri-frin-juhns ]
/ ˌbaɪ rɪˈfrɪn dʒəns /
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OTHER WORDS FROM birefringencebi·re·frin·gent, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for birefringence
The difference between the two indices is a measure of the strength of the double refraction or birefringence.
British Dictionary definitions for birefringence
/ (ˌbaɪrɪˈfrɪndʒəns) /
another name for double refraction
Derived forms of birefringencebirefringent, adjective
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Medical definitions for birefringence
[ bī′rĭ-frĭn′jəns ]
The resolution or splitting of a light wave into two unequally reflected waves by an optically anisotropic medium such as calcite or quartz.
Other words from birefringencebi′re•frin′gent adj.
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Scientific definitions for birefringence
[ bī′rĭ-frĭn′jəns ]
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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