Runcinated 5-cell


Runcinated 5-cell

Runcitruncated 5-cell

Omnitruncated 5-cell
(Runcicantitruncated 5-cell)
Orthogonal projections in A4 Coxeter plane

In four-dimensional geometry, a runcinated 5-cell is a convex uniform 4-polytope, being a runcination (a 3rd order truncation) of the regular 5-cell.

There are 3 unique degrees of runcinations of the 5-cell, including with permutations, truncations, and cantellations.

Runcinated 5-cell

Runcinated 5-cell

Schlegel diagram with half of the tetrahedral cells visible.
Type Uniform 4-polytope
Schläfli symbol t0,3{3,3,3}
Coxeter diagram
Cells 30 10 (3.3.3)
20 (3.4.4)
Faces 70 40 {3}
30 {4}
Edges 60
Vertices 20
Vertex figure
(Elongated equilateral-triangular antiprism)
Symmetry group Aut(A4), 3,3,3, order 240
Properties convex, isogonal isotoxal
Uniform index 4 5 6

The runcinated 5-cell or small prismatodecachoron is constructed by expanding the cells of a 5-cell radially and filling in the gaps with triangular prisms (which are the face prisms and edge figures) and tetrahedra (cells of the dual 5-cell). It consists of 10 tetrahedra and 20 triangular prisms. The 10 tetrahedra correspond with the cells of a 5-cell and its dual.

E. L. Elte identified it in 1912 as a semiregular polytope.

Alternative names


Two of the ten tetrahedral cells meet at each vertex. The triangular prisms lie between them, joined to them by their triangular faces and to each other by their square faces. Each triangular prism is joined to its neighbouring triangular prisms in anti orientation (i.e., if edges A and B in the shared square face are joined to the triangular faces of one prism, then it is the other two edges that are joined to the triangular faces of the other prism); thus each pair of adjacent prisms, if rotated into the same hyperplane, would form a gyrobifastigium.


The runcinated 5-cell can be dissected by a central cuboctahedron into two tetrahedral cupola. This dissection is analogous to the 3D cuboctahedron being dissected by a central hexagon into two triangular cupola.


orthographic projections
Coxeter plane
A4 A3 A2
Dihedral symmetry [[5]] = [10] [4] [[3]] = [6]

View inside of a 3-sphere projection Schlegel diagram with its 10 tetrahedral cells



The Cartesian coordinates of the vertices of an origin-centered runcinated 5-cell with edge length 2 are:

An alternate simpler set of coordinates can be made in 5-space, as 20 permutations of:


This construction exists as one of 32 orthant facets of the runcinated 5-orthoplex.

A second construction in 5-space, from the center of a rectified 5-orthoplex is given by coordinate permutations of:


Root vectors

Its 20 vertices represent the root vectors of the simple Lie group A4. It is also the vertex figure for the 5-cell honeycomb in 4-space.


The maximal cross-section of the runcinated 5-cell with a 3-dimensional hyperplane is a cuboctahedron. This cross-section divides the runcinated 5-cell into two tetrahedral hypercupolae consisting of 5 tetrahedra and 10 triangular prisms each.


The tetrahedron-first orthographic projection of the runcinated 5-cell into 3-dimensional space has a cuboctahedral envelope. The structure of this projection is as follows:

  • Four flattened tetrahedra join 4 of the triangular faces of the cuboctahedron to a central tetrahedron. These are the images of 5 of the tetrahedral cells.
  • The 6 square faces of the cuboctahedron are joined to the edges of the central tetrahedron via distorted triangular prisms. These are the images of 6 of the triangular prism cells.
  • The other 4 triangular faces are joined to the central tetrahedron via 4 triangular prisms (distorted by projection). These are the images of another 4 of the triangular prism cells.
  • This accounts for half of the runcinated 5-cell (5 tetrahedra and 10 triangular prisms), which may be thought of as the 'northern hemisphere'.

Related skew polyhedron

The regular skew polyhedron, {4,6|3}, exists in 4-space with 6 squares around each vertex, in a zig-zagging nonplanar vertex figure. These square faces can be seen on the runcinated 5-cell, using all 60 edges and 20 vertices. The 40 triangular faces of the runcinated 5-cell can be seen as removed. The dual regular skew polyhedron, {6,4|3}, is similarly related to the hexagonal faces of the bitruncated 5-cell.

Runcitruncated 5-cell

Runcitruncated 5-cell

Schlegel diagram with
cuboctahedral cells shown
Type Uniform 4-polytope
Schläfli symbol t0,1,3{3,3,3}
Coxeter diagram
Cells 30 5 (3.6.6)
10 (4.4.6)
10 (3.4.4)
5 (
Faces 120 40 {3}
60 {4}
20 {6}
Edges 150
Vertices 60
Vertex figure
(Rectangular pyramid)
Coxeter group A4, [3,3,3], order 120
Properties convex, isogonal
Uniform index 7 8 9

The runcitruncated 5-cell or prismatorhombated pentachoron is composed of 60 vertices, 150 edges, 120 faces, and 30 cells. The cells are: 5 truncated tetrahedra, 10 hexagonal prisms, 10 triangular prisms, and 5 cuboctahedra. Each vertex is surrounded by five cells: one truncated tetrahedron, two hexagonal prisms, one triangular prism, and one cuboctahedron; the vertex figure is a rectangular pyramid.

Alternative names


orthographic projections
Coxeter plane
A4 A3 A2
Dihedral symmetry [5] [4] [3]

Schlegel diagram with its 40 blue triangular faces and its 60 green quad faces.

Central part of Schlegel diagram.


The Cartesian coordinates of an origin-centered runcitruncated 5-cell having edge length 2 are:

The vertices can be more simply constructed on a hyperplane in 5-space, as the permutations of:


This construction is from the positive orthant facet of the runcitruncated 5-orthoplex.

Omnitruncated 5-cell

Omnitruncated 5-cell

Schlegel diagram with half of the truncated octahedral cells shown.
Type Uniform 4-polytope
Schläfli symbol t0,1,2,3{3,3,3}
Coxeter diagram
Cells 30 10 (4.6.6)
20 (4.4.6)
Faces 150 90{4}
Edges 240
Vertices 120
Vertex figure
Phyllic disphenoid
Coxeter group Aut(A4), 3,3,3, order 240
Properties convex, isogonal, zonotope
Uniform index 8 9 10

The omnitruncated 5-cell or great prismatodecachoron is composed of 120 vertices, 240 edges, 150 faces (90 squares and 60 hexagons), and 30 cells. The cells are: 10 truncated octahedra, and 20 hexagonal prisms. Each vertex is surrounded by four cells: two truncated octahedra, and two hexagonal prisms, arranged in two chiral irregular tetrahedral vertex figures.

Coxeter calls this Hinton's polytope after C. H. Hinton, who described it in his book The Fourth Dimension in 1906. It forms a uniform honeycomb which Coxeter calls Hinton's honeycomb.[1]

Alternative names


orthographic projections
Coxeter plane
A4 A3 A2
Dihedral symmetry [[5]] = [10] [4] [[3]] = [6]

Omnitruncated 5-cell

Dual to omnitruncated 5-cell

Perspective projections

Perspective Schlegel diagram
Centered on truncated octahedron

Stereographic projection


Just as the truncated octahedron is the permutohedron of order 4, the omnitruncated 5-cell is the permutohedron of order 5.[2] The omnitruncated 5-cell is a zonotope, the Minkowski sum of five line segments parallel to the five lines through the origin and the five vertices of the 5-cell.


The omnitruncated 5-cell honeycomb can tessellate 4-dimensional space by translational copies of this cell, each with 3 hypercells around each face. This honeycomb's Coxeter diagram is .[3] Unlike the analogous honeycomb in three dimensions, the bitruncated cubic honeycomb which has three different Coxeter group Wythoff constructions, this honeycomb has only one such construction.[1]


The omnitruncated 5-cell has extended pentachoric symmetry, 3,3,3, order 240. The vertex figure of the omnitruncated 5-cell represents the Goursat tetrahedron of the [3,3,3] Coxeter group. The extended symmetry comes from a 2-fold rotation across the middle order-3 branch, and is represented more explicitly as [2+[3,3,3]].


The Cartesian coordinates of the vertices of an origin-centered omnitruncated 5-cell having edge length 2 are:

These vertices can be more simply obtained in 5-space as the 120 permutations of (0,1,2,3,4). This construction is from the positive orthant facet of the runcicantitruncated 5-orthoplex, t0,1,2,3{3,3,3,4}, .

Full snub 5-cell

vertex figure for the omnisnub 5-cell

The full snub 5-cell or omnisnub 5-cell, defined as an alternation of the omnitruncated 5-cell, can not be made uniform, but it can be given Coxeter diagram , and symmetry 3,3,3+, order 120, and constructed from 90 cells: 10 icosahedrons, 20 octahedrons, and 60 tetrahedrons filling the gaps at the deleted vertices. It has 300 faces (triangles), 270 edges, and 60 vertices.[4]

Related polytopes

These polytopes are a part of a family of 9 Uniform 4-polytope constructed from the [3,3,3] Coxeter group.

Name 5-cell truncated 5-cell rectified 5-cell cantellated 5-cell bitruncated 5-cell cantitruncated 5-cell runcinated 5-cell runcitruncated 5-cell omnitruncated 5-cell
2t{3,3,3} tr{3,3,3}
t0,3{3,3,3} t0,1,3{3,3,3}

Coxeter plane
A3 Coxeter plane
A2 Coxeter plane


  1. 1 2 The Beauty of Geometry: Twelve Essays (1999), Dover Publications, LCCN 99-35678, ISBN 0-486-40919-8 (The classification of Zonohededra, page 73
  2. The permutahedron of order 5
  3. George Olshevsky, Uniform Panoploid Tetracombs, manuscript (2006): Lists the tessellation as [140 of 143] Great-prismatodecachoric tetracomb (Omnitruncated pentachoric 4d honeycomb)


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Uniform 6-polytope 6-simplex 6-orthoplex6-cube 6-demicube 122221
Uniform 7-polytope 7-simplex 7-orthoplex7-cube 7-demicube 132231321
Uniform 8-polytope 8-simplex 8-orthoplex8-cube 8-demicube 142241421
Uniform 9-polytope 9-simplex 9-orthoplex9-cube 9-demicube
Uniform 10-polytope 10-simplex 10-orthoplex10-cube 10-demicube
Uniform n-polytope n-simplex n-orthoplexn-cube n-demicube 1k22k1k21 n-pentagonal polytope
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