Definition of birefringence in English:

birefringence

noun

  • See birefringent

    • ‘They demonstrated diagnostic negative birefringence under the polarizing microscope.’
    • ‘Such flexibility has been observed by electrical birefringence, electron paramagnetic resonance, fluorescence resonance energy transfer, phosphorescence, and electron microscopy.’
    • ‘The use of polarized illumination makes birefringence a factor in optical performance.’
    • ‘Polarization images probe linear birefringence and can only achieve contrast by having orthogonal polarizers for excitation and collection.’
    • ‘The chitinized walls that lined many of the spray flow structures exhibited birefringence in polarized light microscopy.’

Pronunciation

birefringence

/bʌɪrɪˈfrɪndʒ(ə)ns/