liquid crystal

noun

: 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

Examples of liquid crystal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tint comes by way of a liquid crystal lens layer, which can be – from an observer's perspective – more or less transparent, depending on an electrical current. New Atlas, 10 July 2024 Because liquid crystal displays have a backlight, the background doesn’t become black. Benj Edwards and Jose Zagal, Ars Technica, 15 May 2024 Instead of using liquid crystal pixels, the chip had little mirrors, and the angle of mirrors can be altered. Benj Edwards and Jose Zagal, Ars Technica, 15 May 2024 Squeeze the membrane just a little bit, and the lipids condense into a highly aligned liquid crystal. Douglas Fox, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2018 See all Example Sentences for liquid crystal 

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of liquid crystal was in 1891

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“Liquid crystal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquid%20crystal. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

liquid crystal

noun
: 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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