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rotatory

[roh-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈroʊ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of rotation:
rotatory motion.
2.
rotating, as an object.
3.
passing or following in rotation or succession.
4.
causing rotation, as a muscle.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Neo-Latin rotātōrius, equivalent to Latin rotā(re) (see rotate1) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
unrotatory, adjective
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  • Determination of secondary structures of proteins by circular dichroism and optical rotatory dispersion.
British Dictionary definitions for rotatory

rotatory

/ˈrəʊtətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, possessing, or causing rotation
Derived Forms
rotatively, adverb
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rotatory in Medicine

rotatory ro·ta·to·ry (rō'tə-tôr'ē)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by rotation.

  2. Occurring or proceeding in alternation or succession.

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