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optical rotation

noun, Physical Chemistry
1.
the angle at which the plane of polarized light is rotated when passed through an optically active substance.
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1890-1895
1890-95
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  • Differences in optical rotation may also correlate to profound differences in the response of the human body to a compound.
  • Some of them may hydrolyze, but that will not even be obvious without measuring optical rotation.
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optical rotation

noun
1.
the angle through which plane-polarized light is rotated in its passage through a substance exhibiting optical activity
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optical rotation in Medicine

optical rotation n.
The change or rotation in the plane of polarization that occurs when polarized light is passed through an optically active substance.

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