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[ni-mat-ik] /nɪˈmæt ɪk/

adjective, Physical Chemistry. (of liquid crystals)
noting a mesomorphic state in which the arrangement of the molecules is linear.
(chem) (of a substance) existing in or having a mesomorphic state in which a linear orientation of the molecules causes anisotropic properties Compare smectic See also liquid crystal


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