trichroism

[ trahy-kroh-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈtraɪ kroʊˌɪz əm /

noun Crystallography.

pleochroism of a biaxial crystal such that it exhibits three different colors when viewed from three different directions under transmitted light.

Nearby words

  1. trichotillomania,
  2. trichotomic,
  3. trichotomy,
  4. trichotomy property,
  5. trichroic,
  6. trichromat,
  7. trichromatic,
  8. trichromatism,
  9. trichromatopsia,
  10. trichrome stain

Origin of trichroism

First recorded in 1840–50; trichro(ic) + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for trichroism

trichroism

/ (ˈtraɪkrəʊˌɪzəm) /

noun

a property of biaxial crystals as a result of which they show a perceptible difference in colour when viewed along three different axesSee pleochroism
Derived Formstrichroic, adjective

Word Origin for trichroism

C19: from Greek trikhroos three-coloured, from tri- + khrōma colour

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