[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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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
- 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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- 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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