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noun, plural mo·not·ro·pies. Crystallography.
  1. polymorphism that is irreversible.
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Compare enantiotropy.

Origin of monotropy

First recorded in 1900–05; mono- + -tropy
Related formsmon·o·trop·ic [mon-uh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌmɒn əˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/, adjectivemon·o·trop·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • In the first class 74 are included sulphur and ammonium nitrate; monotropy is exhibited by aragonite and calcite.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1