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optically active polymer

Polymer capable of rotating the polarization plane of a transmitted beam of linear-polarized light.
  1. See also: optical activity.
  2. The optical activity originates from the presence of chiral elements in a polymer such as chiral centers or chiral axes due to long-range conformational order in a polymer (helicity) (See also: helicity).
PAC, 2004, 76, 889 (Definitions of terms relating to reactions of polymers and to functional polymeric materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2003)) on page 900
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