noun mo·not·ro·py \məˈnä‧trəpē\

Definition of monotropy



  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of monotropy

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

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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