Definition of monotropy in English:

monotropy

Line breaks: mon|ot¦ropy
Pronunciation: /məˈnɒtrəpi
 
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noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
  • The existence of allotropes of an element, one of which is stable and the others metastable under all known conditions.

Derivatives

monotrope

noun
More example sentences
  • They have recently shown that two monotropes, Sarcodes sanguinea and Pterospora andromedea behave in this way in vitro.
  • Results from orchids, monotropes, and Suilloid fungi suggest that the cost of specialization is reduced by producing propagules that lie dormant until they encounter the correct host.
  • Thus, the question remains, is fungal stimulation by the monotropes simply another example of parasite manipulation of the host?

Origin

early 20th century: from mono- 'one' + Greek tropē 'turning' + -y3.

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