optical activity


noun Physical Chemistry.

the ability of a substance to rotate the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light.

Origin of optical activity

First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for optical activity

optical activity

noun

the ability of substances that are optical isomers to rotate the plane of polarization of a transmitted beam of plane-polarized light

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Medicine definitions for optical activity

optical activity

n.

The property of an asymmetrical molecule in solution to rotate the plane of polarized light either clockwise or counterclockwise.

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