Definition of isotactic in English:

isotactic

adjective

Chemistry
  • Denoting a polymer in which all the repeating units have the same stereochemical configuration.

    • ‘Best known for his work in polymer chemistry, Vandenberg independently discovered isotactic polypropylene.’
    • ‘The original results in production of isotactic and stereoblock type polypropylenes are presented.’
    • ‘Nor have we found crystalline isotactic poly (para-methylstyrene) reported elsewhere in the literature.’
    • ‘We recently reported the retardation of the rate of crystallization, measured calorimetrically, in isotactic polystyrene nucleated with silica.’
    • ‘This extremely desirable structure owes its elasticity to the isotactic nature of the polymer, and for this reason these polymers are used for the manufacturing of car tires.’

Origin

1950s: from iso- ‘equal’ + Greek taktos arranged + -ic.

Pronunciation:

isotactic

/ˌʌɪsə(ʊ)ˈtaktɪk/