dextrorotatory

[ dek-stroh-roh-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˌdɛk stroʊˈroʊ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective Optics.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dextrorotatory

dex·tro·ro·ta·tion [dek-stroh-roh-tey-shuhn], /ˌdɛk stroʊ roʊˈteɪ ʃən/, noun
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Medical definitions for dextrorotatory

dextrorotatory
[ dĕk′strə-rōtə-tôr′ē ]

adj.

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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Scientific definitions for dextrorotatory

dextrorotatory
[ dĕk′strə-rōtə-tôr′ē ]

Relating to a substance that causes dextrorotation.
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