adjective Date: circa 1872 turning clockwise or toward the right; specifically rotating the plane of polarization of light toward the right <
dextrorotatory crystals
compare levorotatory

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Dextrorotatory — Dex tro*ro ta*to*ry, a. [Dextro + rotatory.] (Chem. & Opt.) Turning, or causing to turn, toward the right hand; esp., turning the plane of polarization of luminous rays toward the right hand; as, dextrorotatory crystals, sugars, etc. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dextrorotatory — [deks΄trōrōt′ə rēdeks΄trōrōt′ə tôr΄ē] adj. 1. turning or circling to the right, in a clockwise direction 2. that turns the plane of polarized light to the right or clockwise: said of certain compounds, etc.: Also dextrorotary [deks΄trōrōt′ə rē] …   English World dictionary

  • dextrorotatory — Denoting dextrorotation, or certain crystals or solutions capable of such action; as a chemical prefix, usually abbreviated d . Cf.:levorotatory. * * * dex·tro·ro·ta·to·ry rōt ə .tōr ē, .tȯr also dex·tro·ro·ta·ry rōt ə rē adj turning clockwise… …   Medical dictionary

  • dextrorotatory — dex•tro•ro•ta•to•ry [[t]ˌdɛk stroʊˈroʊ təˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] also dex•tro•ro•ta•ry [[t] ˈroʊ tə ri[/t]] adj. opt turning to the right, esp. rotating to the right of the plane of polarization of light: dextrorotatory crystals[/ex] Symbol: d [/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • dextrorotatory — dextrorotation /dek stroh roh tay sheuhn/, n. /dek stroh roh teuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. Optics. turning to the right, as the rotation to the right of the plane of polarization of light in certain crystals and the like. Symbol: d Also,… …   Universalium

  • dextrorotatory — adjective That rotates the plane of polarized light to the right, or clockwise. Syn: d Ant: levorotatory …   Wiktionary

  • dextrorotatory — adj. turning toward the right, pertaining to a clockwise rotation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dextrorotatory — [ˌdɛkstrəʊ rəʊtət(ə)ri] adjective Chemistry (of a compound) having the property of rotating the plane of a polarized light ray to the right, i.e. clockwise facing the oncoming radiation. The opposite of laevorotatory. Derivatives dextrorotation… …   English new terms dictionary

  • dextrorotatory — dex·tro·rotatory …   English syllables

  • dextrorotatory — /ˌdɛkstroʊroʊˈteɪtəri/ (say .dekstrohroh taytuhree), / ˈroʊtətəri/ (say rohtuhtuhree) adjective turning the plane of polarisation of light to the right, as certain crystals and compounds. Also, dextrorotary. {dextro + rotat(e)1 + ory1} …   Australian English dictionary

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