# law of refraction

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## law of re·frac·tion

for two given media, the sine of the angle of incidence bears a constant relation to the sine of the angle of refraction.

Synonym(s): Descartes law, Snell law

## law of re·frac·tion

(law rĕ-frak'shŭn)For two given media, the sine of the angle of incidence bears a constant relation to the sine of the angle of refraction.

Synonym(s): Descartes law, Snell law.

Synonym(s): Descartes law, Snell law.

## Descartes,

René, French philosopher, mathematician, physiologist, 1596-1650.**cartesian**- relating to Cartesius, latinized form of Descartes.

**Descartes law**- for two given media, the sine of the angle of incidence bears a constant relation to the sine of the angle of refraction. Synonym(s):

**law of refraction**

## Snell,

Simeon, English ophthalmologist, 1851-1909.**Snell law**- for two given media, the sine of the angle of incidence bears a constant relation to the sine of the angle of refraction. Synonym(s):

**law of refraction**

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