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Of or relating to the mesomorphic phase of a liquid crystal in which the molecules are oriented in loose parallel lines.
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[C20: nemat(o)- (referring to the threadlike chains of molecules in liquid) + -ic]
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(of liquid crystals) noting a mesomorphic state in which the arrangement of the molecules is linear. Compare smectic.
[1920–25; < Greek nēmat-, s. of nêma thread + -ic]
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