liquid crystal

noun

Definition of liquid crystal 

: an organic liquid whose physical properties resemble those of a crystal in the formation of loosely ordered molecular arrays similar to a regular crystalline lattice and the anisotropic refraction of light

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The liquid crystal is made in sophisticated factories that can cost billions to build. New York Times, "What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines," 23 June 2018 The liquid crystals are made mainly in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China. New York Times, "What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines," 23 June 2018 Amazon Mood rings contain a capsule filled with thermochromic liquid crystal that reacts to fluctuations in temperature and cause the crystal to reflect different wavelengths of light and alters the color of the stone. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Here's how NOT to change the color of your mood ring. First-grader gets a hard lesson. | Miami Herald," 19 May 2018 The air permits provide an early glimpse at Foxconn’s manufacturing process and describe how machines drip liquid crystals on glass plates and layer the crystals with circuits and other materials over other plates. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn industrial operations would represent a major new source of air pollution in region," 28 Mar. 2018 That technology, called MicroLED, makes for slimmer and brighter screens than those that use other technology, like liquid crystals or organic light-emitting diodes. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Has Big Plans for Its March 27 Event," 24 Mar. 2018 That’s because, just like the engine’s oil and the battery’s electrolyte, molecules in liquid crystals slow down when the temperatures drop. David Muller, Car and Driver, "How Severe Cold Affects Your Car (and What to Do about It)," 5 Jan. 2018 An American electrical engineer working at RCA in the 1960s, Heilmeier helped invent the kind of screen display that uses liquid crystals to project images. Tom Still, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ can retool Wisconsin," 8 Dec. 2017 The medicine is in a liquid crystal form that releases gradually over time. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Heroin crisis: New drug addiction treatment could be 'game changer' that saves lives," 29 Sep. 2017

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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liquid crystal

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Medical Definition of liquid crystal 

: an organic liquid whose physical properties resemble those of a crystal in the formation of loosely ordered molecular arrays similar to a regular crystalline lattice and the anisotropic refraction of light

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