smectic
adjective Etymology: Latin smecticus cleansing, having the properties of soap, from Greek smēktikos, from smēchein to clean Date: 1923 of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by arrangement of molecules in layers with the long molecular axes in a given layer being parallel to one another and those of other layers and perpendicular or slightly inclined to the plane of the layer — compare cholesteric, nematic

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • smectic — SMÉCTIC, Ă, smectici, ce, adj. (Despre substanţe) Care are proprietatea de a scoate grăsimile. – Din fr. smectique. Trimis de IoanSoleriu, 25.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  sméctic adj. m., pl. sméctici; f. sg. sméctică …   Dicționar Român

  • smectic — [smek′tik] adj. [< L smecticus, cleansing < Gr smēktikos < smēktos, smeared (< smēchein, to wipe off: for IE base see SMITE) + ikos, IC] designating or of a kind of liquid crystal in which the molecules form layers, with the molecules …   English World dictionary

  • smectic — smec·tic smek tik adj of, relating to, or being the phase of a liquid crystal characterized by the arrangement of the molecules in layers with the long axes of the molecules in a given layer being parallel to one another and perpendicular to the… …   Medical dictionary

  • smectic — /smek tik/, adj. Physical Chem. (of liquid crystals) noting a mesomorphic state in which the arrangement of the molecules is in layers or planes. Cf. nematic. [1665 75 for earlier sense cleansing ; < L smecticus < Gk smektikós, equiv. to… …   Universalium

  • smectic — 1. adjective Describing a class of liquid crystals whose molecules are aligned in layers, with the molecules lying perpendicular to the plane of the layers 2. noun Such a liquid crystal …   Wiktionary

  • smectic — [ smɛktɪk] adjective denoting or involving a state of a liquid crystal in which the molecules are oriented in parallel and arranged in well defined planes. Compare with nematic. Origin C17: via L. from Gk smēktikos cleansing (because of the soap… …   English new terms dictionary

  • smectic — smec·tic …   English syllables

  • smectic — smec•tic [[t]ˈsmɛk tɪk[/t]] adj. chem. (of liquid crystals) noting a mesomorphic state in which the arrangement of the molecules is in layers Compare nematic • Etymology: 1920–25; < Fsmectique(1922) < L smēcticus cleansing …   From formal English to slang

  • smectic — /ˈsmɛktɪk/ (say smektik) adjective Physics denoting or relating to one of the forms of liquid crystals. {French smectique} …   Australian English dictionary

  • smectic —   a. Archaic purifying; Crystallography arranged in layers …   Dictionary of difficult words

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