adjective an·ti·fer·ro·elec·tric \¦an-ˌtī-ˌfer-ō-i-¦lek-trik, ¦an-tē-\

Definition of antiferroelectric

physics, of a substance

  1. :  having ordered sets of electric dipoles with alternating orientations According to recent theoretical interpretations, one of these transitions involves a breaking of electronic symmetry in the proton pairs, a state of spontaneous polarization akin to that in an antiferroelectric material. — Russell J. Hemley et al., Physics Today, August 1998 — compare ferroelectric


noun, plural


Antiferroelectrics show a characteristic phase transition with temperature with dielectric anomaly similar to that observed in ferroelectrics. — Dinker B. Sirdeshmukh et al., Atomistic Properties of Solids, 2011

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Origin and Etymology of antiferroelectric

1anti- + 1ferroelectric

First Known Use: 1951

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