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refractometer

 [re″frak-tom´ĕ-ter]
1. an instrument for measuring the refractive power of the eye.
2. an instrument for determining the indexes of refraction of various substances, particularly for determining the strength of lenses for spectacles.
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re·frac·tom·e·ter

(rē'frak-tom'ĕ-ter),
An instrument for measuring the degree of refraction in translucent substances, especially the ocular media. See: refractive index.
[refraction + G. metron, measure]
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re·frac·tom·e·ter

(rē'frak-tom'ĕ-tĕr)
An instrument for measuring the degree of refraction in translucent substances, especially the ocular media.
See also: refractive index
[refraction + G. metron, measure]
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refractometer 

1. An instrument for measuring the refractive index of transparent objects. There exist several types: Abbé's refrac-tometer, which is based on the measurement of the critical angle at the interface between a sample and a prism of known index of refraction and uses white light whereas that of Pulfrich, which is based on the same principle as Abbé's, uses monochromatic light. As the refractive index of some materials is related to their water content, the handheld Atago CL-1 Soft lens Refractometer has been calibrated to provide a reading of the percentage of water content of soft contact lenses.
2. See optometer.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann