[ ri-frakt ]
/ rɪˈfrækt /

verb (used with object)

to subject to refraction.
to determine the refractive condition of (an eye).

Origin of refract

1605–15; < Latin refrāctus, past participle of refringere to break, force back, equivalent to re- re- + frac- (variant stem of frangere to break) + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for refract

/ (rɪˈfrækt) /

verb (tr)

to cause to undergo refraction
to measure the refractive capabilities of (the eye, a lens, etc)

Derived forms of refract

refractable, adjective

Word Origin for refract

C17: from Latin refractus broken up, from refringere, from re- + frangere to break
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Medical definitions for refract

[ rĭ-frăkt ]


To deflect something, especially light, from a straight path by refraction.
To determine the refraction of an eye or a lens.
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