iso·​mor·​phic ˌī-sə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce isomorphic (audio)
: being of identical or similar form, shape, or structure
isomorphic crystals
: having sporophytic and gametophytic generations alike in size and shape
: related by an isomorphism
isomorphic mathematical rings
isomorphically adverb

Examples of isomorphic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s a simple example of two groups, each with two elements, that are isomorphic to each other. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 23 June 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of isomorphic was in 1862

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“Isomorphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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iso·​mor·​phic ˌī-sə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce isomorphic (audio)
: being of identical or similar form or shape or structure
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