Meaning of isotactic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌʌɪsə(ʊ)ˈtaktɪk/


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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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