nematic

adjective
ne·​mat·​ic | \ ni-ˈma-tik How to pronounce nematic (audio) \

Definition of nematic

: of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by arrangement of the long axes of the molecules in parallel lines but not layers — compare cholesteric, smectic

First Known Use of nematic

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nematic

International Scientific Vocabulary nemat- + -ic entry 1

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“Nematic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nematic. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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nematic

adjective
ne·​mat·​ic | \ ni-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce nematic (audio) \

Medical Definition of nematic

: of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by arrangement of the long axes of the molecules in parallel lines but not layers nematic polypeptide liquid crystals — compare smectic

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