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

  • adj. Of or relating to the mesomorphic phase of a liquid crystal in which molecules are closely aligned in a distinct series of layers, with the axes of the molecules lying perpendicular to the plane of the layers.

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  • adj. Describing a class of liquid crystals whose molecules are aligned in layers, with the molecules lying perpendicular to the plane of the layers
  • n. Such a liquid crystal

Etymologies

From Greek smēktos, smeared, from smēkhein, to wash off.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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