Definitions for optical activity
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word optical activity
the ability of a chemical compound to rotate the plane of plane-polarized light. This is found only in chemicals whose molecular structure does not have a plane of symmetry, and is common in biochemical compounds. -- optically active adj.
a property caused by asymmetrical molecular or crystal structure that enables a compound or crystal to rotate the plane of incident polarized light
A measure of the amount of optical rotation produced by a standard amount of a substance
Find a translation for the optical activity definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these optical activity definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"optical activity." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 2 Mar. 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/optical activity>.