(in a crystal exhibiting double refraction) the direction or directions, uniaxial or biaxial, respectively, along which this phenomenon does not occur.
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Origin of optic axis
First recorded in 1655–65
Words nearby optic axis
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British Dictionary definitions for optic axis
the direction in a uniaxial crystal or one of the two directions in a biaxial crystal along which a ray of unpolarized light may pass without undergoing double refraction
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Medical definitions for optic axis
The line connecting the anterior and the posterior poles of the eye.
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