[ ahy-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik ]
/ ˌaɪ səˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk /


Physics. of equal physical properties along all axes.Compare anisotropic(def 1).
Zoology. lacking axes that are predetermined, as in some eggs.
Also i·sot·ro·pous [ahy-so-truh-puh s] /aɪˈsɒ trə pəs/.

Origin of isotropic

First recorded in 1860–65; iso- + -tropic

OTHER WORDS FROM isotropic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for isotropic


isotropous (aɪˈsɒtrəpəs)

/ (ˌaɪsəʊˈtrɒpɪk) /


having uniform physical properties in all directions
biology not having predetermined axesisotropic eggs

Derived forms of isotropic

isotropically, adverbisotropy, noun
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Medical definitions for isotropic

[ ī′sə-trŏpĭk, -trōpĭk ]


Identical in all directions.

Other words from isotropic

i•sotro•py (ī-sŏtrə-pē) null n.
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Scientific definitions for isotropic

[ ī′sə-trōpĭk, -trŏpĭk ]

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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