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isotropic

[ahy-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik]
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  1. Physics. of equal physical properties along all axes.Compare anisotropic(def 1).
  2. 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

First recorded in 1860–65; iso- + -tropic
Related formsi·sot·ro·py, nounnon·i·so·trop·ic, adjectivenon·i·sot·ro·pous, adjectiveun·i·so·trop·ic, adjectiveun·i·sot·ro·pous, adjective
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isotropic

isotropous (aɪˈsɒtrəpəs)

adjective
  1. having uniform physical properties in all directions
  2. biology not having predetermined axesisotropic eggs
Derived Formsisotropically, adverbisotropy, noun
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Word Origin and History for isotropic

adj.

1864, from iso- + Greek tropikos "belonging to a turning," from tropos "a turning, way, manner" (see trope).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

isotropic in Medicine

anisotropic

(ăn-ī′sə-trŏpĭk, -trōpĭk)
adj.
  1. Not isotropic.
  2. Having physical properties that differ according to the direction of measurement.
Related formsan•i′so•tropi•cal•ly adv.an′i•sotro•pism (-sŏtrə-pĭz′əm) null n.
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isotropic in Science

isotropic

[ī′sə-trōpĭk, -trŏpĭk]
  1. 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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