Definition of refringent in English:

refringent

adjective

Physics
  • Refractive.

    • ‘Droplets of extractives only appeared in the inner ring of sapwood in some cells of the ray parenchyma as small refringent bodies.’
    • ‘Several sheaths have a refringent, transparent central lumen and appear empty.’
    • ‘These were filled with mature, refringent spores, as observed under the microscope (not shown).’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin refringent-, literally breaking again, from the verb refringere.

Pronunciation:

refringent

/rɪˈfrɪn(d)ʒ(ə)nt/