cholesteric

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adjective cho·le·ster·ic \ˌkō-lə-ˈster-ik, kə-ˈles-tə-rik\

Definition of cholesteric

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of cholesteric

cholesteric relating to cholesterol, from French cholesterique


First Known Use: 1923


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cholesteric

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adjective cho·les·ter·ic \kə-ˈles-tə-rik; ˌkō-lə-ˈster-ik, ˌkäl-ə-\

Medical Definition of cholesteric

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

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