optical activity

optical activity

noun Physical Chemistry.
the ability of a substance to rotate the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light.

Origin:
1875–80

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

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