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1. Biology Similarity in form, as in organisms of different ancestry.
2. Mathematics A one-to-one correspondence between the elements of two sets such that the result of an operation on elements of one set corresponds to the result of the analogous operation on their images in the other set.
3. A close similarity in the crystalline structure of two or more substances of similar chemical composition.

i′so·mor′phous adj.


(ˌaɪ səˈmɔr fəs)

(of a chemical compound or mineral) capable of crystallizing in a form similar to that of another compound or mineral.
[1820–30; iso- + -morphous]
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Adj.1.isomorphous - having similar appearance but genetically different
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
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Every normalized algebra with unit is isomorphous to one of the following: the real numbers algebra R, the complex numbers algebra C, the quaternions algebra K, the octavians algebra O [1].
The possibility of isomorphous entry of rare earth elements into a variety of natural minerals is described and reported in a number of works, which shows the influence of physical and chemical processes on the lanthanide distribution in the REE composition as a consequence of changes of isomorphic capacity with respect to the REE minerals [1, 2].
Cation exchange capacity of soil free of organic matter can arise from either pH-dependent charge or isomorphous substitution (Gillman and Bell 1976).
Crystal Structure of Isomorphous Cadmium(II) and Lead(II) Oxalate Trihydrates.
It follows from the examples above that Latvian and Livonian are structurally isomorphous with the archaic Estonian as documented by Wiedemann.
After introducing the general concept of bone tissue engineering, they describe the structure of calcium orthophosphates and isomorphous substitutions; present synthesis and sintering methods, including their own synthesis of calcium phosphate nanoparticles and their investigation of thermal stability of substituted phosphates; describe calcium phosphate based granules, ceramics, composites, and cements, along with their results on the technology of porous ceramics, polymer-impregnated composites, and other materials; and present the results of a microstructural investigation of scaffolds and ex vivo tissue engineered bones by three dimensional techniques such as X-ray computer microtomography in reference to the kinetics of bone growth and the properties of engineered bone.