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anisotropy

[ an-ahy-so-truh-pee ]
/ ˌæn aɪˈsɒ trə pi /
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Physics. the fact of having unequal physical properties along different axes:Even crystals with a simple cubic lattice structure, such as salt, display optical anisotropy; that is, the light propagates differently in different directions.
Botany. the fact of having different rates of growth in different directions:Anisotropy is a nearly ubiquitous feature of plant growth; it is necessary, if a growing plant organ is to produce any other form than a sphere.
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Rarely an·i·so·tro·pism [an-ahy-so-truh-piz-uhm] /ˌæn aɪˈsɒ trə pɪz əm/ .
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How to use anisotropy in a sentence

  • 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
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