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nematic

adjective ne·mat·ic \ni-ˈma-tik\

Definition of NEMATIC

:  of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by arrangement of the long axes of the molecules in parallel lines but not layers — compare cholesteric, smectic

Origin of NEMATIC

International Scientific Vocabulary nemat- + 1-ic
First Known Use: 1923

nematic

adjective ne·mat·ic \ni-ˈmat-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NEMATIC

:  of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by arrangement of the long axes of the molecules in parallel lines but not layers <nematic polypeptide liquid crystals>—compare smectic

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