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allotropy

[uh-lo-truh-pee] /əˈlɒ trə pi/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a property of certain elements, as carbon, sulfur, and phosphorus, of existing in two or more distinct forms; allomorphism.
Also, allotropism.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; allo- + -tropy
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  • For pure chemical elements, polymorphism is known as allotropy.
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allotropy

/əˈlɒtrəpɪ/
noun
1.
the existence of an element in two or more physical forms. The most common elements having this property are carbon, sulphur, and phosphorus
Derived Forms
allotropic (ˌæləˈtrɒpɪk) adjective
allotropically, adverb
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