ordinary ray


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ordinary ray

[′ȯrd·ən‚er·ē ′rā]
(optics)
One of two rays into which a ray incident on an anisotropic uniaxial crystal is split; it obeys the ordinary laws of refraction, in contrast to the extraordinary ray. Also known as O ray.
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