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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.


the state or condition of certain flowers or plants of having different dimensions along different axes. See also physics. — anisotropic, adj.
See also: Botany
the state or quality of having different properties along different axes. See also botany. — anisotropic, adj.
See also: Physics
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Noun1.anisotropy - the property of being anisotropic; having a different value when measured in different directions
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
isotropy, symmetry - (physics) the property of being isotropic; having the same value when measured in different directions
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Next, we determined how the stars move in this small galaxy, which is quantified by the anisotropy parameter', Massari explains.
1038/nature22060) a study about CGT, Cheng Gong, said in a statement Wednesday: "Thin films of metals like iron, cobalt, and nickel, unlike 2D van der Waals materials, are structurally imperfect and susceptible to various disturbances, which contribute to a huge and unpredictable spurious anisotropy.
In shales and fractured carbonates, a proper understanding of local anisotropy is critical in designing any well program.
For reliable determination of the parameters of the stress-strain state in the elements of any shape, getting of quality pictures of stress distribution along the length of the frame and establishing patterns of changes in stress in the composition of the assembly, the software system LIRA-CAD has been used, where a model of orthogonal anisotropy (orthotropy) in the plate finite elements has been realized.
Then he discusses the differences introduced by the structural anisotropy on the Ginzburg-Landow approach and the Lawrence-Doniach model.
Another innovative Jason product, Anisotropic Inversion, has more constraint options added for improved anisotropy property estimates calibrated to well control, crucial for model accuracy, effective well design and optimum production.
In advanced applications where consistent strength throughout the part is required, the layering process creates anisotropy, or varying properties in different directions.
Cahill gives us a briefing on his view that interferometer measurements and one-way RF coaxial cable propagation-time measurements amount to a detection of the anisotropy in the speed of light.
They used a thermoviscoelastic model with volume relaxation without taking into account the molecular orientation of the polymer and the possibility of anisotropy.
The basic functions of contourlet transform are multi-scale and multi-dimensional, thus allowing it have multi- resolution, localization, directionality, critical sampling and anisotropy (more on these properties in next section).
Imaging to assess brain microstructure identified increased fractional anisotropy in the anterior right arcuate fasciculus of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, which was not present in age- and sex-matched control subjects.
The situation in regards to the measurement of the peculiarities of structure and elastic anisotropy of rocks, however, is poorer, as methods and instruments suitable for this purpose are more limited.