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from The Century Dictionary.

  • Turning several times round a pole.—Polytropic function. See function.
  • Versatile; capable of adopting various expedients.
  • Noting the action of certain poisons upon more than one variety of cells or tissues.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective physics of any change in the thermodynamic properties of a gas in which its specific heat remains constant

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