[ an-ahy-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik, an-ahy- ]
/ ænˌaɪ səˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk, ˌæn aɪ- /
Physics. of unequal physical properties along different axes.Compare isotropic(def 1).
Botany. of different dimensions along different axes.
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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Examples from the Web for anisotropy
The diurnal curve of movement should now show an inversion, if that movement was solely determined by the anisotropy of the organ.Life Movements in Plants|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
British Dictionary definitions for anisotropy
/ (ænˌaɪsəʊˈtrɒpɪk, ˌænaɪ-) /
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
Derived Formsanisotropically, adverbanisotropy (ˌænaɪˈsɒtrəpɪ), noun
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Medicine definitions for anisotropy
[ ăn-ī′sə-trŏp′ĭk, -trō′pĭk ]
Having physical properties that differ according to the direction of measurement.
Related formsan•i′so•trop′i•cal•ly adv.an′i•sot′ro•pism (-sŏt′rə-pĭz′əm) null n.
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Science definitions for anisotropy
[ 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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