allot ropy

allotropy

[uh-lo-truh-pee]
noun Chemistry.
a property of certain elements, as carbon, sulfur, and phosphorus, of existing in two or more distinct forms; allomorphism.
Also, allotropism.


Origin:
1840–50; allo- + -tropy

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allotropy or allotropism (əˈlɒtrəpɪ)
 
n
the existence of an element in two or more physical forms. The most common elements having this property are carbon, sulphur, and phosphorus
 
allotropism or allotropism
 
n
 
allotropic or allotropism
 
adj
 
allo'tropically or allotropism
 
adv

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