Definition of elliptic in English:

elliptic

Line breaks: el¦lip|tic
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɪptɪk
 
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adjective

  • Relating to or having the form of an ellipse.
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    • Lechea minor can be easily distinguished from that species by its stems more than 5 cm tall, ovate to elliptic leaves and ovoid capsules.
    • Curves (such as the trigonometric polynomials of elliptic Fourier analysis) may be fit to such an outline, and then compared through statistical analysis of their parameters.
    • The theorem holds in spherical and elliptic geometry.

Derivatives

ellipticity

Pronunciation: /ɛlɪpˈtɪsɪti/
noun
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  • We suggest that the decrease in the enthalpy and loss of ellipticity are caused by the loss of approximately four helical turns of coiled coil that correspond to the N-terminal TM portion of the peptide.
  • The increase in the CD signal corresponded to a time-dependent decrease in ellipticity at a wavelength typical for [alpha] helical signals.
  • The enthalpy ([Delta] H) and entropy ([Delta] S) of folding for the tropomyosin and troponin T peptides were determined from the change in ellipticity as previously described.

Origin

early 18th century: from Greek elleiptikos 'defective', from elleipein 'leave out, fall short'.

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