Adjective "nematic" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/nɪˈmatɪk/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Relating to or denoting a state of a liquid crystal in which the molecules are oriented in parallel but not arranged in well-defined planes.
  1. 'Molecules in the nematic liquid crystal phase stay parallel to one another.'
  2. 'Results indicate that alignment in charged nematic media is a function not only of the solute's shape, but also of its electric multipole moments of net charge, dipole, and quadrupole.'

noun

A nematic substance.
  1. 'The presences of very small amounts of MAPs greatly suppress the nematic to rectangular bundle transition.'

Definitions

1. noting a mesomorphic state in which the arrangement of the molecules is linear.

More examples(as adjective)

"screens can be nematic."

"people/places/organizations can be nematic."

"liquid crystal displays can be nematic."

Origin

Early 20th century: from Greek nēma, nēmat- ‘thread’ + -ic.