an·​ti·​fer·​ro·​elec·​tric ¦an-ˌtī-ˌfer-ō-i-¦lek-trik How to pronounce antiferroelectric (audio)
physics, of a substance
: 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
antiferroelectric noun
plural antiferroelectrics
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

Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antiferroelectric was in 1951

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“Antiferroelectric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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