optical activity


optical activity

noun Physical Chemistry.

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

noun

  1. the ability of substances that are optical isomers to rotate the plane of polarization of a transmitted beam of plane-polarized light

n.

  1. The property of an asymmetrical molecule in solution to rotate the plane of polarized light either clockwise or counterclockwise.

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