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[al-uh-trohp] /ˈæl əˌtroʊp/
noun, Chemistry
one of two or more existing forms of an element:
Graphite and diamond are allotropes of carbon.
Origin of allotrope
1885-90; allo- + -trope Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for allotrope


any of two or more physical forms in which an element can exist: diamond and graphite are allotropes of carbon
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Word Origin and History for allotrope

1847, back-formation from allotropy "variation of physical properties without change of substance," from allo- + -tropy "manner" (see -trope). Related: Allotropic.

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allotrope in Medicine

allotrope al·lo·trope (āl'ə-trōp')
A structurally differentiated form of an element that exhibits allotropism.

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allotrope in Science
Any of several crystalline forms of a chemical element. Charcoal, graphite, and diamond are all allotropes of carbon.
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