designating a kind of liquid crystal in which the molecules spontaneously align themselves with their axes parallel
Origin of nematicnemat(o)- + -ic
Of or relating to the mesomorphic phase of a liquid crystal in which the molecules are oriented in loose parallel lines.
Origin of nematicFrom Greek nēma nēmat- thread ; see (s)nē- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more nematic, superlative most nematic)
- (physics, chemistry, of certain liquid crystals) Whose molecules align in loose parallel lines.
- A liquid crystal whose molecules align in loose parallel lines.
From Ancient Greek Î½Î®Î¼Î±Ï„Î¿Ï‚ (nÄ“matos), genitive of Î½á¿†Î¼Î± (nÄ“ma, “thread").