adjective Optics, Chemistry, Biochemistry.
turning to the left, as the rotation to the left of the plane of polarization of light in certain crystals and compounds. Symbol: l-
Also le·vo·ro·ta·ry [lee-vuh-roh-tuh-ree] /ˌli vəˈroʊ tə ri/
Origin of levorotatory
First recorded in 1870–75; levo-
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Historical Examples of levorotatory
Heinemann shows116 that lactic acid exists in two optical modifications, the levorotatory and dextrorotary acids.
The gums are translucent, amorphous substances, whose solutions in water are levorotatory.
Turning or rotating the plane of polarization of light to the left.
Of or relating to a chemical solution that rotates such a plane to the left.
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Relating to a substance that causes levorotation.
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