dichroism


dichroism
dichroism [dī′krō iz΄əm]
n.
[< Gr dichroos, of two colors < di-, two + chrōs, skin, complexion, color (for IE base see CHROMA) + -ISM]
1. the property that doubly refracting crystals have of transmitting light of different colors when looked at from different angles
2. the property of a substance of transmitting light of different colors depending on its thickness or on its concentration in solution
3. the property of a substance of having one color when it reflects light and another when it transmits light

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