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i·so·mor·phism

 (ī′sə-môr′fĭz′əm)
n.
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.

i•so•mor•phous

(ˌaɪ səˈmɔr fəs)

adj.
(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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Nothing seems more tautological than that, for any two objects, you can find some pattern they exhibit isomorphously (think of Leibniz).
The oxides replace one another isomorphously with great ease, and owing to the replacement of iron by magnesium, and chromium by aluminium, chromite seldom contains more than 50% [Cr.