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dextrorotatory

[dek-stroh-roh-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective Optics.
  1. turning to the right, as the rotation to the right of the plane of polarization of light in certain crystals and the like. Symbol: d-
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Also dex·tro·ro·ta·ry [dek-stroh-roh-tuh-ree] /ˌdɛk stroʊˈroʊ tə ri/.

Origin of dextrorotatory

First recorded in 1875–80; dextro- + rotatory
Related formsdex·tro·ro·ta·tion [dek-stroh-roh-tey-shuh n] /ˌdɛk stroʊ roʊˈteɪ ʃən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dextrorotation

dextrorotation

noun
  1. a rotation to the right; clockwise rotation, esp of the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light passing through a crystal, liquid, or solution, as seen by an observer facing the oncoming lightCompare laevorotation
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Derived Formsdextrorotatory (ˌdɛkstrəʊˈrəʊtətərɪ, -trɪ) or dextrorotary, adjective
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dextrorotation in Medicine

dextrorotatory

(dĕk′strə-rōtə-tôr′ē)
adj.
  1. Turning or rotating the plane of polarization of light to the right or clockwise, as for solutions or isomers, usually designated as d- in chemical names.
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dextrorotation in Science

dextrorotation

[dĕk′strə-rō-tāshən]
  1. The clockwise rotation of the plane of polarization of light (as observed when looking straight into the incoming light) by certain substances, such as crystals, and by certain solutions. Dextrorotation is caused by a particular arrangement of the atoms in a molecule of the substance. Compare levorotation.
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dextrorotatory

[dĕk′strə-rōtə-tôr′ē]
  1. Relating to a substance that causes dextrorotation.
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