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allotropism

[ ə-lŏtrə-pĭz′əm ]
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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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How to use allotropism in a sentence

  • Perhaps they have not studied the mystery of allotropism in the emotions of the human heart.

    Elsie Venner|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • In what will these wonderful developments of allotropism end?

  • It is easy to call these changes by the name allotropism, but not the less do they confound our hasty generalizations.

    Medical Essays|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • These facts of allotropism have some corollaries connected with them rather startling to us of the nineteenth century.

    Medical Essays|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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