[ ey-suh-me-trik or ey-suh-me-tri-kuh l; as-uh- ]
/ ˌeɪ səˈmɛ trɪk or ˌeɪ səˈmɛ trɪ kəl; ˌæs ə- /
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM asymmetrica·sym·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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They are asymmetrically oval, about 50 in length, and often contain a partially developed embryo.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for asymmetrically
/ (ˌæsɪˈmɛtrɪk, ˌeɪ-) /
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
Derived forms of asymmetricasymmetrically, adverb
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