Anisotropic definition

ăn-īsə-trŏpĭk, -trōpĭk
Differing according to orientation, as light scattered by a liquid crystal; light striking the liquid crystal's surface at a 90° angle might not be reflected (so the surface appears dark when viewed head-on), while light striking it at shallower angles is reflected (so the surface appears illuminated when viewed from a shallow angle).
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Not isotropic.
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(physics) Having properties that differ based on the direction of measurement.
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(bot.) Assuming a new position in response to external stimuli.
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(physics) Having properties, such as conductivity or speed of transmission of light, etc., that vary according to the direction in which they are measured.
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Properties that differ based on the direction that is measured. For example, an anisotropic antenna is a directional antenna; the power level is not the same in all directions. Contrast with isotropic.
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(physics) Having properties that differ according to the direction of measurement; exhibiting anisotropy.

The crystal has an anisotropic structure, as it is stronger along its length than laterally.

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Origin of anisotropic

  • aniso- +‎ -tropic

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