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" Sugars are what are called optically active compounds; that is, they possess the power of deflecting a ray of polarised light to the right or to the left as the latter is made to pass through either crystals or a solution of them. "
An introduction to vegetable physiology - Page 167
by Joseph Reynolds Green - 1900 - 459 pages
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The Agricultural Gazette of New South Wales, Volume 6

New South Wales. Dept. of Agriculture - Agriculture - 1895
...cane-sugar from the glucoses. A solution of cane-sugar is dextro-rotatory — that is to say, it has the power of deflecting a ray of polarised light to the right. For the purpose of determining this property in saccharine solutions, an instrument known as the polarimeter,...
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Journal of Education, Volume 23

Education - 1901
...occurs : >l Sugars (optically active compounds) possess the power of deflecting a ray of polarized light to the right or to the left, as the latter is...pass through either crystals or a solution of them." It is not to be understood how such an egregious misstatement of an elementary fact in organic chemistry...
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