designating or of a kind of liquid crystal in which the molecules form layers, with the molecules ordered or disordered within each layer
Origin of smecticfrom Classical Latin smecticus, cleansing from Classical Greek sm?ktikos from sm?ktos, smeared ( from sm?chein, to wipe off: for Indo-European base see smite) + -ikos, -ic
Of or relating to the mesomorphic phase of a liquid crystal in which molecules are closely aligned in a distinct series of layers, with the axes of the molecules lying perpendicular to the plane of the layers.
Origin of smecticFrom Greek smēktos smeared from smēkhein to wash off
- (chemistry, physics) Describing a class of liquid crystals whose molecules are aligned in layers, with the molecules lying perpendicular to the plane of the layers
- Such a liquid crystal