[ahy-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik]
Also i·sot·ro·pous [ahy-so-truh-puh s] /aɪˈsɒ trə pəs/.

Origin of isotropic

First recorded in 1860–65; iso- + -tropic
Related formsi·sot·ro·py, nounnon·i·so·trop·ic, adjectivenon·i·sot·ro·pous, adjectiveun·i·so·trop·ic, adjectiveun·i·sot·ro·pous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for isotropy


isotropous (aɪˈsɒtrəpəs)

  1. having uniform physical properties in all directions
  2. biology not having predetermined axesisotropic eggs
Derived Formsisotropically, adverbisotropy, noun
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Word Origin and History for isotropy



1864, from iso- + Greek tropikos "belonging to a turning," from tropos "a turning, way, manner" (see trope).

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isotropy in Medicine


[ī′sə-trŏpĭk, -trōpĭk]
  1. Identical in all directions.
Related formsi•sotro•py (ī-sŏtrə-pē) null n.
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isotropy in Science


[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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