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catadioptric

[ kat-uh-dahy-op-trik ]
/ ˌkæt ə daɪˈɒp trɪk /
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adjective Optics.
pertaining to or produced by both reflection and refraction.
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Origin of catadioptric

First recorded in 1715–25; cata- + dioptric
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British Dictionary definitions for catadioptric

catadioptric
/ (ˌkætədaɪˈɒptrɪk) /

adjective
involving a combination of reflecting and refracting componentsa catadioptric telescope

Word Origin for catadioptric

C18: from cata- + dioptric
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Scientific definitions for catadioptric

catadioptric
[ kăt′ə-dī-ŏptrĭk ]

Relating to both the reflection and refraction of light, especially by a combination of mirrors and lenses or by a prism. Catadioptric systems are used in Fresnel lenses, optical calibration equipment, and some telescopes. Compare catoptric dioptric.
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