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 (dĕk′strə-rō′tə-tôr′ē) also dex·tro·ro·ta·ry (-rō′tə-rē)
adj. Symbol d-
Of or relating to an optically active substance that rotates the plane of polarized light to the right, or clockwise (when looking toward the light source): a dextrorotatory solution.


(ˌdɛk stroʊˈroʊ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

also dex•tro•ro•ta•ry

(-ˈroʊ tə ri)

turning to the right, esp. rotating to the right of the plane of polarization of light: dextrorotatory crystals. Symbol: d-
[1875–80; < Latin]
dex`tro•ro•ta′tion (-ˈteɪ ʃən) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dextrorotatory - rotating to the right
clockwise - in the same direction as the rotating hands of a clock
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