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Related to pleochroism: birefringence
The property possessed by some crystals of exhibiting different colors, especially three different colors, when viewed along different axes.
ple′o·chro′ic (plē′ə-krō′ĭk) adj.
(General Physics) a property of certain crystals of absorbing light to an extent that depends on the orientation of the electric vector of the light with respect to the optic axes of the crystal. The effect occurs in uniaxial crystals (dichroism) and esp in biaxial crystals (trichroism)
[C19: pleo- + -chroism, from Greek khrōs skin colour]
ple•och•ro•ism(pliˈɒk roʊˌɪz əm)
the property of certain crystals of exhibiting different colors when viewed from different directions under transmitted light.
ple`o•chro′ic (-əˈkroʊ ɪk) adj.
a property of some crystals of showing variation in color when viewed in transmitted light or from different directions. Also called pleochromatism, polychroism, polychromatism. — pleochroic, pleochromatic, adj.See also: Physics
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|Noun||1.||pleochroism - the phenomenon of different colors appearing when certain crystals are viewed from different directions|
dichroism - pleochroism of a crystal so that it exhibits two different colors when viewed from two different directions
optical phenomenon - a physical phenomenon related to or involving light
trichroism - pleochroism of a crystal so that it exhibits three different colors when viewed from three different directions