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anisotropic Line breaks: an|iso|trop¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌanʌɪsə(ʊ)ˈtrɒpɪk/

Definition of anisotropic in English:


1(Of an object or substance) having a physical property which has a different value when measured in different directions. An example is wood, which is stronger along the grain than across it. Often contrasted with isotropic.
Example sentences
  • In the general case, anisotropic substances will show colours, the interference colours; but on rotation through 360° they go black, or into extinction, four times.
  • Coriolis flowmeters using fibers and anisotropic material to control selected vibrational flowmeter characteristics
  • Most crustal rocks of interest to exploration geophysics are either inherently anisotropic or behave as anisotropic materials when sampled by seismic waves.
1.1(Of a property or phenomenon) varying in magnitude according to the direction of measurement: electron scattering is anisotropic
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  • The magnitude of the observed anisotropic flow effect is sensitive to the degree of thermalization at the collision's earliest moments.
  • The simulations were performed with anisotropic pressure coupling, to 1 bar independently in x, y, and z directions, which allowed the area per lipid to fluctuate during the simulation.
  • We also calculate the loading force, the average pressure on the capsid's walls, and the anisotropic pressure profile within the capsid.


Example sentences
  • The distal portion of this zone expands anisotropically, similar to regions of the wild-type apex periphery, which contact older flower primordia.
  • The pore water pressure as well as the stress-strain response of an anisotropically consolidated clay specimen under undrained shearing was significantly affected by the initial stress ratio.
  • Ligand binding to proteins, enzyme catalysis, self-aggregation of colloids, and polymerization are examples of diffusion-mediated processes involving anisotropically reactive species.
Pronunciation: /ˌanʌɪˈsɒtrəpi/
Example sentences
  • Foliation anisotropy caused bending to take place locally by folding about an inclined hinge in the limbs of a pre-existing synform, which tightened during the deformation.
  • It seems that the contact between augen gneiss and metasediments represents a strong mechanical anisotropy along which the basal thrust of the Zermatt-Saas zone developed.
  • Frequency domain anisotropy was measured by exciting the sample with the amplitude-modulated light polarized vertically.


Late 19th century: from Greek anisos 'unequal' + tropos 'turn' + -ic.

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