- one of two or more existing forms of an element: Graphite and diamond are allotropes of carbon.
Origin of allotrope
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- any of two or more physical forms in which an element can existdiamond and graphite are allotropes of carbon
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- A structurally differentiated form of an element that exhibits allotropism.
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- Any of several crystalline forms of a chemical element. Charcoal, graphite, and diamond are all allotropes of carbon.
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