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 (ôr′thə-trŏp′ĭk, -trō′pĭk)
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′tho·trop′i·cal·ly adv.
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
orthotropism n
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Basal suckering was defined as lateral axillary branching where the branches grew orthotropically (vertically) immediately and were restricted to the base of the parent shoot.
Ventricular deformation is described by the equations of passive cardiac mechanics, with the myocardium being orthotropically hyperelastic, and nearly incompressible material with passive properties defined by an exponential strain-energy function.
there was suspicion that the samples would behave orthotropically and possibly delaminate.