total reflection

noun Optics.

the effect that occurs when light meets the interface between the medium in which it is traveling and a medium of smaller refractive index at an angle of incidence greater than the critical angle, all light being reflected back to the first medium.

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Also called total internal reflection. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019