nematic

nematic

[ni-mat-ik]
adjective Physical Chemistry, (of liquid crystals)
noting a mesomorphic state in which the arrangement of the molecules is linear.
Compare smectic.


Origin:
1920–25; nemat- + -ic

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nematic (nɪˈmætɪk)
 
adj
chem Compare smectic See also liquid crystal (of a substance) existing in or having a mesomorphic state in which a linear orientation of the molecules causes anisotropic properties
 
[C20: nemat(o)- (referring to the threadlike chains of molecules in liquid) + -ic]

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