allotropy /əˈlɒtrəpi/

a

I. noun [ mass noun]

1.
[Chemistry] the existence of two or more different physical forms of a chemical element.
II. derivatives

allotropic /aləˈtrɒpɪk /
adjective


– origin mid 19th cent.: from Greek allotropos ‘of another form’, from allo- ‘other’ + tropos ‘manner’ (from trepein ‘to turn’).

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