optical superposition principle

optical superposition principle

[′äp·tə·kəl ¦sü·pər·pə¦zish·ən ‚prin·sə·pəl]
(optics)
The principle that the optical rotation produced by a compound which is made up of two radicals of opposite optical activity is the algebraic sum of the rotations of each radical alone; not always valid.
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