- Not having properties that are the same in all directions. [aniso- + G. tropos, a turning]
* * *an·iso·trop·ic (.)an-.ī-sə-'träp-ik adj exhibiting properties with different values when measured in different directions: not isotropic <an \anisotropic crystal>an·isot·ro·pism -.ī-'sä-trə-.piz-əm n
* * *an·iso·tro·pic (an-i″so-troґpik) [aniso- + tropic] 1. having unlike properties in different directions, as in any unit lacking spherical symmetry. 2. doubly refracting or having a double polarizing power.
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anisotropic — (adj.) 1854; see AN (Cf. an ) (1) not + ISOTROPIC (Cf. isotropic) … Etymology dictionary
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anisotropic — aeolotropic aeolotropic, AEolotropic [AE] o*lo*trop ic, a. [Gr. ? changeful + ? a turning, ? to turn.] (Physics) Exhibiting differences of quality or property in different directions; having properties with different values along different axes;… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
anisotropic — adjective Date: 1879 exhibiting properties with different values when measured in different directions < an anisotropic crystal > • anisotropically adverb • anisotropy also anisotropism noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
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anisotropic — adj. [Gr. anisos, unequal; tropein, to turn] Doubly refracting, such as dark bands in the sarcomere of a muscle fiber; see isotropic … Dictionary of invertebrate zoology
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