levorotatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj levorotatory rotating to the left
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Levorotatory (Chem. & Physics) Turning or rotating the plane of polarization of light towards the left; -- applied to crystals and compounds exhibiting optical activity, such as levulose, left-handed quartz crystals, etc. Opposite of dextrorotatory.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • levorotatory Same as levogyrate.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Levo-, + rotatory,

Usage

In literature:

The gums are translucent, amorphous substances, whose solutions in water are levorotatory.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
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