smectic

adjective smec·tic \ ˈsmek-tik \

Definition of smectic

: of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by arrangement of molecules in layers with the long molecular axes in a given layer being parallel to one another and those of other layers and perpendicular or slightly inclined to the plane of the layer — compare cholesteric, nematic

Origin and Etymology of smectic

Latin smecticus cleansing, having the properties of soap, from Greek smēktikos, from smēchein to clean


Medical Dictionary

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smectic

adjective smec·tic \ ˈsmek-tik \

medical Definition of smectic

: of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by the arrangement of the molecules in layers with the long axes of the molecules in a given layer being parallel to one another and perpendicular to the plane of the layer
  • a smectic phase of cholesterol esters in denatured LDL
— compare mesomorphic 1, nematic

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smectic

noun

medical Definition of smectic

: a liquid crystal in its smectic phase

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