levorotatory definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- turning or circling to the left, in a counterclockwise direction
- that turns the plane of polarized light counterclockwise: said of certain crystals, etc.
Origin: levo- plush rotatory
levorotatory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
also le·vo·ro·ta·ryadjective Symbol l-
Of or relating to an optically active chemical that rotates the plane of polarized light to the left, or counterclockwise: Only levorotatory amino acids are biologically active.
levorotatory - Medical Definition
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Turning or rotating the plane of polarization of light to the left.
- Of or relating to a chemical solution that rotates such a plane to the left.
levorotatory - Science Definition
Relating to a substance that causes levorotation.