Definition of laevorotatory in English:

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laevorotatory

Pronunciation: /ˌliːvəʊˈrəʊtət(ə)ri/
(US levorotatory)

adjective

Chemistry
(Of a compound) having the property of rotating the plane of a polarized light ray to the left, i.e. anticlockwise facing the oncoming radiation. The opposite of dextrorotatory.
Example sentences
  • The chemical structure of the natural form of ephedrine is levorotatory, while the synthetic ephedrine is a racemic mixture.
  • Morphine is an amphoteric pentacyclic alkaloid that exists naturally in its levorotatory form as columnar colorless prisms.
  • Hence this appeal to gastropodologists, if such a term exists, to come to the rescue and explain the unique (laevorotatory) development of the humble periwinkle.

Derivatives

laevorotation

noun

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Line breaks: laevo|rota¦tory

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