[awr-thuh-trop-ik, -troh-pik]

Origin of orthotropic

First recorded in 1885–90; ortho- + -tropic
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British Dictionary definitions for orthotropic


  1. botany relating to or showing growth that is in direct line with the stimulus
  2. (of a material) having different elastic properties in different planes
Derived Formsorthotropism (ɔːˈθɒtrəˌpɪzəm), noun
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orthotropic in Medicine


[ôr′thə-trŏpĭk, -trōpĭk]
  1. Tending to grow or form along a vertical axis.
Related formsor•thotro•pism (ôr-thŏtrə-pĭz′əm) n.
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