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anisotropic

[an-ahy-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik, an-ahy-]
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adjective
  1. Physics. of unequal physical properties along different axes.Compare isotropic(def 1).
  2. Botany. of different dimensions along different axes.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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

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
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Derived Formsanisotropically, adverbanisotropy (ˌænaɪˈsɒtrəpɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for anisotropy

anisotropic

adj.

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

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anisotropy in Medicine

anisotropic

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