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[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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dextrorotatory in Medicine


  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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dextrorotatory in Science


  1. Relating to a substance that causes dextrorotation.
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