Definition of isotropic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌīsəˈträpik/
Pronunciation: /ˌīsəˈtrōpik/


1(Of an object or substance) having a physical property that has the same value when measured in different directions. Often contrasted with anisotropic.
Example sentences
  • Because the bonds are not symmetrical, glass is isotropic and has no definite melting point.
  • In isotropic ethanol solutions efficient intersystem crossing is observed with quantum yields around 0.5 being reported.
  • In thin section, however, it is a brilliant green, isotropic mineral.
1.1(Of a property or phenomenon) not varying in magnitude according to the direction of measurement.
Example sentences
  • Interestingly, several isotropic fluorescence times were found to coexist, indicating structural heterogeneity of the DNA.
  • The system was simulated at constant isotropic pressure of 1 atm applied independently to each box dimension.
  • In isotropic spreading, retraction of [alpha] actinin is limited until cells are over half spread.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Therefore, in order to describe accurately the soil behavior, an anisotropic model is still necessary to be incorporated even if the soil is initially isotropically consolidated.
  • Nitric oxide crosses cell membranes without mediation of channels or receptors-it diffuses across cellular membranes isotropically.
  • The buttress surface is expanding with high areal strain rates and nearly isotropically.


Pronunciation: /īˈsätrəpē/
Example sentences
  • Errors introduced by the assumption of hemispheric isotropy are estimated to be less than 4%.
  • Nevertheless, homogeneity and isotropy came to be jointly codified as the ‘cosmological principle.’
  • To quantitatively ascertain the isotropy of the collagen gels imaged with confocal reflectance microscopy, several approaches are used.


Mid 19th century: from iso- 'equal' + Greek tropos 'a turn' + -ic.

Words that rhyme with isotropic

ectopic, gyroscopic, heliotropic, horoscopic, isotopic, kaleidoscopic, macroscopic, microscopic, misanthropic, myopic, philanthropic, phototropic, telescopic, topic, tropic

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Syllabification: i·so·trop·ic

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