lateral inversion

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The type of reversal that occurs with an image formed by a plane mirror. A person with a mole on his left cheek sees an image in a plane mirror of a person with a mole on his right cheek. Since, however, that is (correctly) to the observer's left, the real reversal is of front and back; the image is ‘turned through’ itself to face the object – hence the alternative name.

Subjects: Physics.

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