anisotropic [an ī΄sō träp′ik]
1. Bot. assuming a new position in response to external stimuli
2. Physics having properties, such as conductivity or speed of transmission of light, etc., that vary according to the direction in which they are measured
anisotropy [an΄ī sä′trə pē]
anisotropism [an΄i sä′trəpiz΄əm]

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  • anisotropic — (adj.) 1854; see AN (Cf. an ) (1) not + ISOTROPIC (Cf. isotropic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Anisotropic — Anisotrope An i*so*trope , Anisotropic An i*so*trop ic, a. [Gr. ? unequal + ? a turning, ? to turn.] (Physics) Not isotropic; having different properties in different directions; thus, crystals of the isometric system are optically isotropic, but …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anisotropic — aeolotropic aeolotropic, AEolotropic [AE] o*lo*trop ic, a. [Gr. ? changeful + ? a turning, ? to turn.] (Physics) Exhibiting differences of quality or property in different directions; having properties with different values along different axes;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anisotropic — adjective Date: 1879 exhibiting properties with different values when measured in different directions < an anisotropic crystal > • anisotropically adverb • anisotropy also anisotropism noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anisotropic — adjective Having properties that differ according to the direction of measurement; exhibiting anisotropy. The crystal has an anisotropic structure, as it is stronger along its length than laterally. Ant: isotropic …   Wiktionary

  • anisotropic — Not having properties that are the same in all directions. [aniso + G. tropos, a turning] * * * an·iso·trop·ic (.)an .ī sə träp ik adj exhibiting properties with different values when measured in different directions: not isotropic <an… …   Medical dictionary

  • anisotropic —    The property of aquifer systems displaying different hydrological properties in different directions [16].    See also anisotropy; anisotropic mass …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • anisotropic — adj. [Gr. anisos, unequal; tropein, to turn] Doubly refracting, such as dark bands in the sarcomere of a muscle fiber; see isotropic …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • anisotropic — Not the same in all directions …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • anisotropic — anisotropically, adv. anisotropy /an uy so treuh pee/, anisotropism, n. /an uy seuh trop ik, troh pik, an uy /, adj. 1. Physics. of unequal physical properties along different axes. Cf. isotropic (def. 1). 2. Bot. of different dimensions along… …   Universalium

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