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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- total lung capacity,
- total ophthalmoplegia,
- total parenteral nutrition,
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- total recall,
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Also called total internal reflection.
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