Saccharimeter

Sac`cha*rim"e*ter

noun

Etymology

Low saccharon sugar + -meter: cf. French saccharimètre.
  • An instrument for ascertaining the quantity of saccharine matter in any solution, as the juice of a plant, or brewers' and distillers' worts.
    [Written also saccharometer.]
    ☞ The common saccharimeter of the brewer is an hydrometer adapted by its scale to point out the proportion of saccharine matter in a solution of any specific gravity. The polarizing saccharimeter of the chemist is a complex optical apparatus, in which polarized light is transmitted through the saccharine solution, and the proportion of sugar indicated by the relative deviation of the plane of polarization.