anisotropic

[an-ahy-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik, an-ahy-]

Origin of anisotropic

First recorded in 1875–80; an-1 + isotropic
Related formsan·i·so·trop·i·cal·ly, adverban·i·sot·ro·py [an-ahy-so-truh-pee] /ˌæn aɪˈsɒ trə pi/, an·i·sot·ro·pism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anisotropically

anisotropic

adjective
  1. not isotropic; having different physical properties in different directionsanisotropic crystals
  2. (of a plant) responding unequally to an external stimulus in different parts of the plant
Derived Formsanisotropically, adverbanisotropy (ˌænaɪˈsɒtrəpɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for anisotropically

anisotropic

adj.

1854; see an- (1) "not" + isotropic.

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anisotropically 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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anisotropically in Science

anisotropic

[ăn-ī′sə-trōpĭk, -trŏpĭk, ăn′ī-]
  1. 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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