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smectic

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adjective smec·tic \ˈsmek-tik\

Definition of smectic

  1. :  of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by arrangement of molecules in layers with the long molecular axes in a given layer being parallel to one another and those of other layers and perpendicular or slightly inclined to the plane of the layer — compare cholesteric, nematic



Origin and Etymology of smectic

Latin smecticus cleansing, having the properties of soap, from Greek smēktikos, from smēchein to clean


First Known Use: 1923


Medical Dictionary

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smectic

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adjective smec·tic \ˈsmek-tik\

Medical Definition of smectic

  1. :  of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by the arrangement of the molecules in layers with the long axes of the molecules in a given layer being parallel to one another and perpendicular to the plane of the layer <a smectic phase of cholesterol esters in denatured LDL>—compare mesomorphic 1, nematic




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smectic

noun smec·tic

Medical Definition of smectic

  1. :  a liquid crystal in its smectic phase




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