Levorotatory Le`vo*ro"ta*to*ry (-r[=o]"t[.a]*t[-o]*r[y^]), a. [Levo- + rotatory.] (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}. [Written also {l[ae]vorotatory}.] [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • levorotatory — [lē΄vōrōt′ə tôr΄ē] adj. [ LEVO + ROTATORY] 1. turning or circling to the left, in a counterclockwise direction 2. that turns the plane of polarized light counterclockwise: said of certain crystals, etc …   English World dictionary

  • levorotatory — le•vo•ro•ta•to•ry [[t]ˌli vəˈroʊ təˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] also le•vo•ro•ta•ry [[t] ˈroʊ tə ri[/t]] adj. chem. turning to the left, esp. rotating to the left of the plane of polarization of light: levorotatory crystals Symbol: l • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • levorotatory — adjective Date: 1864 turning toward the left or counterclockwise; specifically rotating the plane of polarization of light to the left compare dextrorotatory …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • levorotatory — /lee veuh roh teuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. Optics, Chem., Biochem. turning to the left, as the rotation to the left of the plane of polarization of light in certain crystals and compounds. Symbol: l Also, levorotary /lee veuh roh teuh ree/. [1870 …   Universalium

  • levorotatory — adjective That rotates the plane of polarized light to the left, or anticlockwise. Syn: l Ant: dextrorotatory …   Wiktionary

  • levorotatory — 1. Denoting levorotation, or certain crystals or solutions capable of causing it; as a chemical prefix, usually abbreviated l or (−). Cf.:dextrorotatory. 2. Describing any leftward or anticlockwise rotation. SYN: levogyrate, levogyrous. * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • levorotatory — adj. turning toward the left (Optics, Chemistry) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • levorotatory — le·vo·rotatory …   English syllables

  • levorotatory — /ˌlivoʊroʊˈteɪtəri/ (say .leevohroh taytuhree) adjective US → laevorotatory …   Australian English dictionary

  • levorotatory — adjective rotating to the left • Syn: ↑levorotary, ↑left handed • Similar to: ↑counterclockwise, ↑anticlockwise, ↑contraclockwise …   Useful english dictionary

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