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How can you elegantly describe that a polymorphic substance changes its structure?

  • It polymorphs
  • It morphs
  • It undergoes polymorphic transition
  • It experiences a morphic change

Or what would be even better terms?

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  • $\begingroup$ Chemical ELL.SE! Please propose! :D $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. Jan 23 '15 at 19:22
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It "transitions from one polymorph to another"

It "transitions to another polymorph"

It "transition to polymorph beta"

It "transforms to another polymorph"

It "transforms to polymorph beta"

I like "transitions" better than "transforms", but I've seen both

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  • $\begingroup$ I see "transition" as the more common form $\endgroup$ – Gimelist Jan 23 '15 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ Does "polymorph" have a different definition in chemistry than colloquial English? Because here you're using polymorph as a form/shape rather than as an object that changes shape. A thing doesn't change to a polymorph, a polymorph changes shape to a thing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymorphism_(materials_science) doesn't seem to disagree with me, though my knowledge of chemistry is minimal so I may be dead wrong here. $\endgroup$ – Mooing Duck Jan 23 '15 at 22:47
  • $\begingroup$ This is what puzzled me in the beginning and is the reason why I ask. Originally, a polymorph is a substance which can have different shapes at the same conditions. But apperently each form of this polymorph is called "polymorph". Ugh... $\endgroup$ – Crystal Lettuce Jan 23 '15 at 23:06
  • $\begingroup$ In chemistry, the different polymorphs have different arrangements of atoms or molecules, but there is no macroscopic change in the shape of an object. $\endgroup$ – DavePhD Jan 24 '15 at 0:11

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