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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The phenomenon of an element existing in two or more physical forms.

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  • The phenomenon of allotropy is exhibited when an element exists in two or more distinct forms.
  • About a fourth of the hold was similarly constructed, in order to bring back minerals whose allotropy required Jovian surface conditions.
  • Instances of allotropy in pure metals are: Bolley's lead, which oxidizes readily in air; Schutzenberger's copper; Fritsche 'tin, which falls to powder when exposed to...
  • There seems to be a similar allotropy working in human nature. for more
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