[ey-suh-me-trik or ey-suh-me-tri-kuh l; as-uh-]
- not identical on both sides of a central line; unsymmetrical; lacking symmetry: Most faces are asymmetric.
- (of a logical or mathematical relation) holding true of members of a class in one order but not in the opposite order, as in the relation “being an ancestor of.”
- having an unsymmetrical arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
- noting a carbon atom bonded to four different atoms or groups.
- (of a polymer) noting an atom or group that is within a polymer chain and is bonded to two different atoms or groups that are external to the chain.
Origin of asymmetric
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Examples from the Web for asymmetrically
They are asymmetrically oval, about 50 in length, and often contain a partially developed embryo.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
- not symmetrical; lacking symmetry; misproportioned
- (of a molecule) having its atoms and radicals arranged unsymmetrically
- (of a carbon atom) attached to four different atoms or radicals so that stereoisomerism results
- involving chiral moleculesasymmetric synthesis
- electrical engineering (of conductors) having different conductivities depending on the direction of current flow, as of diodes
- aeronautics having unequal thrust, as caused by an inoperative engine in a twin-engined aircraft
- logic maths (of a relation) never holding between a pair of values x and y when it holds between y and x, as " …is the father of… "Compare symmetric (def. 1), antisymmetric, nonsymmetric
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