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dextrorotatory Line breaks: dex¦tro|rota¦tory
Pronunciation: /ˌdɛkstrəʊˈrəʊtət(ə)ri/

Definition of dextrorotatory in English:


(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.
Example sentences
  • Chirality describes the handedness of a molecule that is observable by the ability of a molecule to rotate the plane of polarized light either to the right (dextrorotatory) or to the left (levorotatory).
  • One was dextrorotatory when dissolved in aqueous solution, the other was levorotatory.
  • The dextrorotatory isomer of zopiclone is displaced from its salt by means of a base such as sodium hydroxide.


Example sentences
  • Here, the Orgone Beam converts pure levorotation into dextrorotation, or vice versa, until bipolarity is achieved.
  • As the uterus grows larger it generally gets a slight twist, known as a dextrorotation, which allows it to fit more easily in the abdominopelvic cavity.
  • This invention relates to an optically active single crystal having both single-crystal portion exhibiting levorotation and single-crystal portion exhibiting dextrorotation and a fabrication process thereof.
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