- 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM asymmetrica·sym·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
How to use asymmetric in a sentence
These simulations have also revealed that turbulence results in an asymmetric explosion, where the star looks a bit like an hourglass.
Finally, we need to recognize the massive asymmetric power that technology companies have over individuals and society.
Any asymmetric power structure must follow the fiduciary or “duty of care” model exemplified by a good teacher, therapist, doctor, or care worker—that is, it must work in the service of those with less power.
The biggest problem we face is not partisan polarization or even asymmetric polarization.
We’ve seen this for an awfully long time, using asymmetric capabilities to try and put themselves in a place where they can impose costs on the United States.Mike Pompeo: Russia was ‘pretty clearly’ behind SolarWinds cyberattack on government and business|matthewheimer|December 19, 2020|Fortune
The night continued thusly with tiny dishes asymmetrically plated; the dinner cost $100 a person.
They are asymmetrically oval, about 50 in length, and often contain a partially developed embryo.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
The branchi, as in the genotype and other species, strongly asymmetrically developed.
Between them is situated, sometimes asymmetrically, the prominent intromittent organ.
British Dictionary definitions for asymmetric
- (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