- 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
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Examples from the Web for levorotatory
Heinemann shows116 that lactic acid exists in two optical modifications, the levorotatory and dextrorotary acids.The Book of Cheese
Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
The gums are translucent, amorphous substances, whose solutions in water are levorotatory.The Chemistry of Plant Life
Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
- 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.
- Relating to a substance that causes levorotation.
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