allotropy

or al·lot·ro·pism

[ uh-lo-truh-pee ]
/ əˈlɒ trə pi /
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noun Chemistry.

a property of certain elements, as carbon, sulfur, and phosphorus, of existing in two or more distinct forms; allomorphism.

Nearby words

  1. allotrope,
  2. allotrophic,
  3. allotropic,
  4. allotropism,
  5. allotropous,
  6. allottee,
  7. allotype,
  8. allover,
  9. allow,
  10. allow for

Origin of allotropy

First recorded in 1840–50; allo- + -tropy

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British Dictionary definitions for allotropism

allotropy

allotropism

/ (əˈlɒtrəpɪ) /

noun

the existence of an element in two or more physical forms. The most common elements having this property are carbon, sulphur, and phosphorus
Derived Formsallotropic (ˌæləˈtrɒpɪk), adjectiveallotropically, adverb

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Medicine definitions for allotropism

allotropism

[ ə-lŏtrə-pĭz′əm ]

n.

The existence of two or more forms of an element that differ from one another in crystalline or molecular structure.

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