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

  1. Physics. of equal physical properties along all axes.: Compare anisotropic (def. 1).

  2. Zoology. lacking axes that are predetermined, as in some eggs.

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Origin of isotropic

First recorded in 1860–65; iso- + -tropic
  • Also i·sot·ro·pous [ahy-so-truh-puhs]. /aɪˈsɒ trə pəs/.

Other words from isotropic

  • i·sot·ro·py, noun
  • non·i·so·trop·ic, adjective
  • non·i·sot·ro·pous, adjective
  • un·i·so·trop·ic, adjective
  • un·i·sot·ro·pous, adjective

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How to use isotropic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for isotropic


isotropous (aɪˈsɒtrəpəs)

/ (ˌaɪsəʊˈtrɒpɪk) /

  1. having uniform physical properties in all directions

  2. biology not having predetermined axes: isotropic eggs

Derived forms of isotropic

  • isotropically, adverb
  • isotropy, noun

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Scientific definitions for isotropic


[ ī′sə-trōpĭk, -trŏpĭk ]

  1. Identical in all directions; invariant with respect to direction. For example, isotropic scattering of light by a substance entails that the intensity of light radiated is the same in all directions. Compare anisotropic.

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