Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the mesomorphic phase of a liquid crystal in which the molecules are oriented in loose parallel lines.

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  • adjective physics, chemistry Describing the structure of some liquid crystals whose molecules align in loose parallel lines.
  • noun Such a material

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Greek nēma, nēmat-, thread; see (s)nē- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Ancient Greek νήματος, genitive of νῆμα ("thread").

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