orthotropic(redirected from orthotropically)
Also found in: Medical, Encyclopedia.
1. Growing toward or away from a stimulus such as gravity, especially along a vertical axis. Used of a plant or plant part.
2. Of or relating to a bridge deck consisting of steel plates supported by ribs underneath.
or·thot′ro·pism (ôr-thŏt′rə-pĭz′əm) n.
1. (Botany) botany relating to or showing growth that is in direct line with the stimulus
2. (General Engineering) (of a material) having different elastic properties in different planes