material that, under suitable conditions of temperature, pressure, and concentration, exists as a liquid-crystalline mesophase
- A liquid-crystalline polymer can exhibit one or more liquid state(s) with one- or two-dimensional, long-range orientational order over certain ranges of temperatures either in the melt (thermotropic liquid-crystalline polymer) or in solution (lyotropic liquid-crystalline polymer).
PAC, 2004, 76, 889
(Definitions of terms relating to reactions of polymers and to functional polymeric materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2003))
on page 900
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