Definition of nematic in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɪˈmatɪk/


Relating to or denoting a state of a liquid crystal in which the molecules are oriented in parallel but not arranged in well-defined planes. Compare with smectic.
Example sentences
  • Molecules in the nematic liquid crystal phase stay parallel to one another.
  • Many are eyeing nematic elastomers, which can deform 400% in response to heating or cooling.
  • Liquid crystal composite with droplets of plural chiral nematic materials with different reflection bands


A nematic substance.
Example sentences
  • For low concentrations of added BSA the MTs form a nematic, whereas at higher concentrations the rectangular bundle phase is observed.
  • The presences of very small amounts of MAPs greatly suppress the nematic to rectangular bundle transition.


Early 20th century: from Greek nēma, nēmat- 'thread' + -ic.

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