liquid-crystalline polymer

Also contains definition of: liquid crystal polymer

Polymeric material that, under suitable conditions of temperature, pressure, and concentration, exists as a liquid-crystalline mesophase.
  1. See also: liquid crystal.
  2. 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