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levorotatory

[ lee-vuh-roh-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˌli vəˈroʊ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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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-
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Also le·vo·ro·ta·ry [lee-vuh-roh-tuh-ree]. /ˌli vəˈroʊ tə ri/.

Origin of levorotatory

First recorded in 1870–75; levo- + rotatory
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How to use levorotatory in a sentence

  • 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

Medical definitions for levorotatory

levorotatory
[ lē′və-rōtə-tôr′ē ]

adj.
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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Scientific definitions for levorotatory

levorotatory
[ lē′və-rōtə-tôr′ē ]

Relating to a substance that causes levorotation.
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