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Meaning of lyotropic

ly•o•trop•ic

Pronunciation: (lī"u-trop'ik, -trō'pik), [key]
— adj. Physical Chem.
  1. noting any series of ions, salts, or radicals arranged in descending order relative to the magnitude of their effect on a given solvent.
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