monotropy

noun
mo·​not·​ro·​py | \ məˈnä‧trəpē \
plural -es

Definition of monotropy

: the relation of two different forms of the same substance (as white and red phosphorus) that have no definite transition point since only one form (as red phosphorus) is stable and the change from the unstable form to the stable form is irreversible

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History and Etymology for monotropy

International Scientific Vocabulary mon- + -tropy; probably originally formed as German monotropie

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“Monotropy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monotropy. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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