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  • (chemistry) of an optically active compound or crystal that rotates the plane of polarized light to the right, or clockwise
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



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. Levorotatory.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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