iso·​mor·​phic | \ ˌī-sə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce isomorphic (audio) \

Definition of isomorphic

1a : being of identical or similar form, shape, or structure isomorphic crystals
b : having sporophytic and gametophytic generations alike in size and shape
2 : related by an isomorphism isomorphic mathematical rings

Other Words from isomorphic

isomorphically \ ˌī-​sə-​ˈmȯr-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce isomorphic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of isomorphic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In science, the word isomorphic is used to refer to things that share a common form or relationship. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2021 There are many different ways to construct the disjoint union using the axioms of set theory, which will not produce exactly the same set but will, necessarily, produce isomorphic ones. Emily Riehl, Scientific American, 17 Sep. 2021 But with uniform accreditation processes leading to isomorphic results, meaningful differentiation among elite four-year institutions remains wishful thinking. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 Perhaps an even greater danger is the tendency to treat procedure as isomorphic with process. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 This illustrates the common error of considering the basolateral amygdala as isomorphic with fear. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 This limitation becomes problematic when mathematicians want to think about objects that are equivalent or isomorphic in some sense, if not necessarily equal in all respects. Quanta Magazine, 19 May 2015 See More

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First Known Use of isomorphic

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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iso·​mor·​phic | \ ˌī-sə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce isomorphic (audio) \

Medical Definition of isomorphic

: being of identical or similar form or shape or structure


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