specific rotation

n. Symbol α

The arc of rotation, expressed in angular degrees, through which the plane of polarized light moves when it is in a light path one decimeter in length passing through a solution containing one gram of a compound per one milliliter water.

Nearby words

  1. specific opsonin,
  2. specific parasite,
  3. specific performance,
  4. specific reaction,
  5. specific resistance,
  6. specific urethritis,
  7. specific viscosity,
  8. specific volume,
  9. specifically,
  10. specification


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