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 (ăn-ī′sə-trŏp′ĭk, -trō′pĭk)
1. Not isotropic.
2. Physics Having properties that differ based on the direction of measurement.

an·i′so·trop′i·cal·ly adv.
an′i·sot′ro·pism (-sŏt′rə-pĭz′əm), an′i·sot′ro·py (-sŏt′rə-pē) n.


(ænˌaɪsəʊˈtrɒpɪk; ˌænaɪ-)
1. (General Physics) not isotropic; having different physical properties in different directions: anisotropic crystals.
2. (Botany) (of a plant) responding unequally to an external stimulus in different parts of the plant
anˌisoˈtropically adv
anisotropy n


(ænˌaɪ səˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk)

1. Physics. having physical properties that are different in measurement along different axes or directions (opposed to isotropic).
2. Bot. responding in different ways to external stimuli.
an`i•so•trop′i•cal•ly, adv.
an`i•sot′ro•py (-ˈsɒ trə pi) an`i•sot′ro•pism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.anisotropic - not invariant with respect to direction; "anisotropic crystals"
isotropic, isotropous - invariant with respect to direction
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