[ dek-stroh-roh-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]

  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-

Origin of dextrorotatory

First recorded in 1875–80; dextro- + rotatory
  • Also dex·tro·ro·ta·ry [dek-stroh-roh-tuh-ree]. /ˌdɛk stroʊˈroʊ tə ri/.

Other words from dextrorotatory

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

Words Nearby dextrorotatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dextrorotatory in a sentence

Scientific definitions for dextrorotatory


[ dĕk′strə-rōtə-tôr′ē ]

  1. Relating to a substance that causes dextrorotation.

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