- Physics. of equal physical properties along all axes.Compare anisotropic(def 1).
- Zoology. lacking axes that are predetermined, as in some eggs.
Also i·sot·ro·pous [ahy-so-truh-puh s] /aɪˈsɒ trə pəs/.
Origin of isotropic
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Both are adapted for determining the axes of elasticity and for the differentiation of isotropic and anisotropic bodies.Microscopes and Accessory Apparatus
Sometimes the phrases “isotropic tension” and “hydrostatic pressure” are used instead of “uniform” tension or pressure.
The relations between stress and strain in a material which is not isotropic are much more complicated.
For many years the luminiferous medium was identified with the isotropic solid of the theory of elasticity.
This is the “principle of least time” first formulated by Pierre de Fermat for the case of two isotropic substances.
- having uniform physical properties in all directions
- biology not having predetermined axesisotropic eggs
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Word Origin and History for isotropic
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- Not isotropic.
- Having physical properties that differ according to the direction of measurement.
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- Identical in all directions; invariant with respect to direction. For example, isotropic scattering of light by a substance entails that the intensity of light radiated is the same in all directions. Compare anisotropic.
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