cho·​le·​ster·​ic | \ ˌkō-lə-ˈster-ik How to pronounce cholesteric (audio) , kə-ˈle-stə-rik How to pronounce cholesteric (audio) \

Definition of cholesteric

: of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by arrangement of molecules in layers with the long molecular axes parallel to one another in the plane of each layer and incrementally displaced in successive layers to give helical stacking — compare nematic, smectic

First Known Use of cholesteric

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cholesteric

cholesteric relating to cholesterol, from French cholesterique

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“Cholesteric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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cho·​les·​ter·​ic | \ kə-ˈles-tə-rik; ˌkō-lə-ˈster-ik How to pronounce cholesteric (audio) , ˌkäl-ə- How to pronounce cholesteric (audio) \

Medical Definition of cholesteric

: of, relating to, or resembling cholesterol or its derivatives

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