designating or of a kind of liquid crystal which is characterized by a screwlike structure and great optical activity
Of or relating to the chiral nematic phase of a liquid crystal in which the molecules are closely aligned within a distinct series of layers, with the axes of the molecules lying parallel to the plane of the layers and with the orientation of molecules in adjacent layers rotated slightly.
Origin of cholestericcholester(ol) + –ic.
(comparative more cholesteric, superlative most cholesteric)
- Any compound that forms such a liquid crystal
From cholesterol, in whose crystals it was first observed