Definition of nematic in English:

nematic

Line breaks: nem|at¦ic
Pronunciation: /nɪˈmatɪk
 
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adjective

  • 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.
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    • 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

noun

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  • A nematic substance.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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