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optically active


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Exhibiting optical activity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. terms used of certain isomeric substances which, while identical with each other in other respects, differ in this, viz., that they do or do not produce right-handed or left-handed circular polarization of light. See optical activity.


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