allotrope

[ al-uh-trohp ]
/ ˈæl əˌtroʊp /

noun Chemistry.

one of two or more existing forms of an element: Graphite and diamond are allotropes of carbon.

Nearby words

  1. allotment,
  2. allotransplant,
  3. allotransplantation,
  4. allotrichia circumscripta,
  5. allotriomorphic,
  6. allotrophic,
  7. allotropic,
  8. allotropism,
  9. allotropous,
  10. allotropy

Origin of allotrope

First recorded in 1885–90; allo- + -trope

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British Dictionary definitions for allotrope

allotrope

/ (ˈæləˌtrəʊp) /

noun

any of two or more physical forms in which an element can existdiamond and graphite are allotropes of carbon
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Word Origin and History for allotrope

allotrope

n.

1847, back-formation from allotropy "variation of physical properties without change of substance," from allo- + -tropy "manner" (see -trope). Related: Allotropic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for allotrope

allotrope

[ ălə-trōp′ ]

n.

A structurally differentiated form of an element that exhibits allotropism.

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Science definitions for allotrope

allotrope

[ ălə-trōp′ ]

Any of several crystalline forms of a chemical element. Charcoal, graphite, and diamond are all allotropes of carbon.
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