monotropy

[ muh-no-truh-pee ]
/ məˈnɒ trə pi /

noun, plural mo·not·ro·pies. Crystallography.

polymorphism that is irreversible.
Compare enantiotropy.

Origin of monotropy

First recorded in 1900–05; mono- + -tropy

OTHER WORDS FROM monotropy

mon·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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Examples from the Web for monotropic

  • This law explains the formation of the metastable forms of monotropic substances, which would otherwise not be obtainable.