allotropism, allotropy
The existence of certain elements, in several forms differing in physical properties; e.g., carbon black, graphite, and diamond are all pure carbon. [allo- + G. tropos, a turning]

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  • Allotropy — (Gr. allos , other, and tropos , manner) is a behavior exhibited by certain chemical elements: these elements can exist in two or more different forms, known as allotropes of that element. In each different allotrope, the element s atoms are… …   Wikipedia

  • Allotropism — Al*lot ro*pism, Allotropy Al*lot ro*py, n. [Gr. ? other + direction, way, ? to turn: cf. F. allotropie.] (Chem.) The property of existing in two or more conditions which are distinct in their physical or chemical relations. [1913 Webster] Note:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Allotropy — Allotropism Al*lot ro*pism, Allotropy Al*lot ro*py, n. [Gr. ? other + direction, way, ? to turn: cf. F. allotropie.] (Chem.) The property of existing in two or more conditions which are distinct in their physical or chemical relations. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • allotropy — [ə lä′trə pē] n. [< Gr allotropos, of or in another manner < allos, other + tropos, way, turn: see TROPE] the property that certain chemical elements and compounds have of existing in two or more different forms, as carbon in the form of… …   English World dictionary

  • allotropism — noun the phenomenon of an element existing in two or more physical forms • Syn: ↑allotropy • Derivationally related forms: ↑allotropical, ↑allotropic, ↑allotropical (for: ↑allotropy), ↑allotropic …   Useful english dictionary

  • allotropy — /euh lo treuh pee/, n. Chem. a property of certain elements, as carbon, sulfur, and phosphorus, of existing in two or more distinct forms; allomorphism. Also, allotropism. [1840 50; ALLO + TROPY] * * * ▪ chemistry       the existence of a… …   Universalium

  • allotropism — n. [Gr. allos, other; tropos, turn] The propensity of attraction of certain cells or structures; allotropy …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • allotropy — see allotropism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • allotropism — noun The ability (of an element) to exist in more than one physical form without change of state. See Also: allotrope, allotropic, allotropical, allotropy, allotropous …   Wiktionary

  • allotropy — noun A property, exhibited by some elements of existing in multiple forms with different atomic structures. See Also: allotrope, allotropic, allotropical, allotropism, allotropous, chemistry, entomology …   Wiktionary

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