Definitions for optical activity

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op′tical activ′ity(n.)

  1. the ability of a substance to rotate the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light.

    Category: Chemistry

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  1. optical activity(Noun)

    a property caused by asymmetrical molecular or crystal structure that enables a compound or crystal to rotate the plane of incident polarized light

  2. optical activity(Noun)

    A measure of the amount of optical rotation produced by a standard amount of a substance


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