birefringence

[bahy-ri-frin-juh ns]

Origin of birefringence

First recorded in 1885–90; bi-1 + refringence
Related formsbi·re·frin·gent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for birefringence

birefringence

noun
  1. another name for double refraction
Derived Formsbirefringent, adjective
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birefringence in Medicine

birefringence

[bī′rĭ-frĭnjəns]
n.
  1. The resolution or splitting of a light wave into two unequally reflected waves by an optically anisotropic medium such as calcite or quartz.
Related formsbi′re•fringent adj.
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birefringence in Science

birefringence

[bī′rĭ-frĭnjəns]
  1. 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.
  2. 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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