Origin of isotropiciso- + -tropic
An example of isotropic is table salt.
- i·sot′ro·py i·sot′ro·pism
isotropic - Computer Definition
- Having physical properties (e.g., conductivity, elasticity, and power density) that are the same in any direction of measurement.
- In telecommunications, an antenna, light source, or sound source that theoretically radiates a signal with equal power density in all directions. A purely isotropic source does not exist, except in theory. In telecommunications, as in all things natural and unnatural, perfection is purely theoretical.
The properties of a material that are the same in all directions. For example, an isotropic antenna radiates the same power in all directions. In practice, antennas cannot be 100% isotropic. However, a perfect isotropic antenna, called an "isotropic radiator," can be calculated, and it is used as a basis for measuring the signal strength of real antennas. Contrast with anisotropic. See dBi.