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optical activity

noun, Physical Chemistry
1.
the ability of a substance to rotate the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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British Dictionary definitions for optical activity

optical activity

noun
1.
the ability of substances that are optical isomers to rotate the plane of polarization of a transmitted beam of plane-polarized light
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optical activity in Medicine

optical activity n.
The property of an asymmetrical molecule in solution to rotate the plane of polarized light either clockwise or counterclockwise.

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