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total internal reflection

noun
1.
Optics. total reflection.

total reflection

noun, Optics.
1.
the effect that occurs when light meets the interface between the medium in which it is traveling and a medium of smaller refractive index at an angle of incidence greater than the critical angle, all light being reflected back to the first medium.
Also called total internal reflection.
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British Dictionary definitions for total internal reflection

total internal reflection

noun
1.
(physics) the complete reflection of a light ray at the boundary of two media, when the ray is in the medium with greater refractive index
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