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  • adj. Tending to move towards or away from a source of heat
  • adj. Exhibiting different phases at different temperatures

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Manifesting thermotropism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In biology, of or pertaining to the growth or bending of organisms in relation to heat; exhibiting thermotropism.
  • In botany, exhibiting or characterized by thermotropism.


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thermo- + -tropic


  • When the lamp is turned on and heats up, the thermotropic petals gradually move away from the hot bulb – opening up like a flower in the sunshine.

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  • The Protea lamp is thermotropic: meaning it moves away from heat.

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  • Constructed of gray block, with a white peaked roof and triple-pane, thermotropic, bulletproofwindows, it featured its own water and power supply.

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  • In contrast to the last time he had seen her, she looked striking in casual weftfiber suit, matching purse, the latest slide shoes, and wide-brimmed thermotropic hat.

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  • A certain species of thermotropic eel-like creature nearly two meters long had biologists almost coming to blows over its taxonomy.

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  • Only the high-tech look of thermotropic heaters and incantube lighting made the place seem any different from the dungeons in the old tales of T'Eleijha and the Raven.

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  • Now full size thermotropic panels are being tested. - Business News

  • LIQUID CRYSTALS: Liquid crystals must be either lyotropic or display thermotropic phases near room temperature.


  • At DNA concentrations higher than 350 mg / ml, a two-dimensionally ordered columnar hexatic phase is formed, which exhibits a characteristic focal conic texture similar to those seen in both lyotropic and thermotropic liquid crystalline phases with small molecules.


  • Tomczak M, Crowe J, Arav A (2002) The effect of liposomes on thermotropic membrane phase transitions of bovine spermatozoa and oocytes: implications for reducing chilling sensitivity.

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