allotropy

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al·lot·ro·py

 (ə-lŏt′rə-pē)
n.
The existence of two or more crystalline or molecular structural forms of an element that have different chemical or physical attributes.

al′lo·trop′ic (ăl′ə-trŏp′ĭk, -trō′pĭk), al′lo·trop′i·cal adj.
al′lo·trop′i·cal·ly adv.

allotropy

(əˈlɒtrəpɪ) or

allotropism

n
(Chemistry) the existence of an element in two or more physical forms. The most common elements having this property are carbon, sulphur, and phosphorus
allotropic adj
ˌalloˈtropically adv

al•lot•ro•py

(əˈlɒ trə pi)

also al•lot′ro•pism,



n.
a property of certain elements, as carbon, sulfur, and phosphorus, of existing in two or more distinct forms.
[1840–50]
al•lo•trop•ic (ˌæl əˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk) adj.
al`lo•trop′i•cal•ly, adv.

allotropism, allotropy

the quality of certain substances to exist in more than one form, with different properties in each form. — allotropic, allotropical, adj.
See also: Matter
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.allotropy - the phenomenon of an element existing in two or more physical forms
chemical phenomenon - any natural phenomenon involving chemistry (as changes to atoms or molecules)
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As the novel's central narrative conflict, this tension between Paul's evolving social identity (his desire for "something outside") and his continued dependence on maternal love ("home was for him beside his mother") supplants the story of his struggle to succeed as an artist, so that Paul proceeds through childhood and adolescence allotropically, shifting from one state to another like an element changing its chemical state.
Paul proceeds through childhood and adolescence allotropically, shifting from one state to another like a single element changing its chemical state; but the leap from youth to maturity would mean the emergence of an entirely new element, an elemental change of substance that Paul does not undergo.