- noting a mesomorphic state in which the arrangement of the molecules is in layers or planes.
Origin of smectic
1665–75 for earlier sense “cleansing”; < Latin smēcticus < Greek smēktikós, equivalent to smēkt(ós) smeared, verbid of smḗchein to wash out, clean + -tikos -tic
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C17: via Latin from Greek smēktikos, from smēkhein to wash; from the soaplike consistency of a smectic substance