[an-ahy-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik, an-ahy-]
- Physics. of unequal physical properties along different axes.Compare isotropic(def 1).
- Botany. of different dimensions along different axes.
Origin of anisotropic
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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
Whether variation of temperature induces in anisotropic organs only one type of response, or two types, positive and negative.
The only condition requisite for the exhibition of response is the differential excitability of an anisotropic organ.
Thick lines represent the more excitable side of an anisotropic or dorsiventral organ.
- not isotropic; having different physical properties in different directionsanisotropic crystals
- (of a plant) responding unequally to an external stimulus in different parts of the plant
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Word Origin and History for anisotropic
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- Not isotropic.
- Having physical properties that differ according to the direction of measurement.
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[ăn-ī′sə-trō′pĭk, -trŏp′ĭk, ăn′ī-]
- Differing according to orientation, as light scattered by a liquid crystal; light striking the liquid crystal's surface at a 90° angle might not be reflected (so the surface appears dark when viewed head-on), while light striking it at shallower angles is reflected (so the surface appears illuminated when viewed from a shallow angle). Compare isotropic.
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