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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
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Noun1.allotropism - 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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However, it can be seen that [[sigma].sub.par] is not that sensitive to the objective function, and the allotropism or nonuniqueness issue exits in its optimal parameter estimation.
(1) In chemical elements this phenomenon is called allotropism. The concept of allotropism is readily demonstrated by the different crystalline forms of carbon; diamond, graphite, and fullerenes are all made of pure carbon, but their physical and chemical properties vary drastically.