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isotropic

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

adjective

Physics. of equal physical properties along all axes.Compare anisotropic(def 1).
Zoology. lacking axes that are predetermined, as in some eggs.

Nearby words

isotopic number, isotopic spin, isotopy, isotretinoin, isotron, isotropic, isotype, isotypic, isovalericacidemia, isovolumic, isoxsuprine
Also i·sot·ro·pous [ahy-so-truh-puh s] /aɪˈsɒ trə pəs/.

Origin of isotropic

First recorded in 1860–65; iso- + -tropic
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British Dictionary definitions for isotropy

isotropic

isotropous (aɪˈsɒtrəpəs)

/ (ˌaɪsəʊˈtrɒpɪk) /

adjective

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

isotropic


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for isotropy

isotropic

[ ī′sə-trŏpĭk, -trōpĭk ]

adj.

Identical in all directions.
Related formsi•sotro•py (ī-sŏtrə-pē) null n.
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Science definitions for isotropy

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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