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smectic

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 plane of the layer <a phase of cholesterol esters in denatured LDL>  - compare MESOMORPHIC1 NEMATIC 
n :  a liquid crystal in its smectic phase .
 
 

 
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