the quality or state of being asymmetric.

Origin of asymmetry

First recorded in 1645–55, asymmetry is from the Greek word asymmetría lack of proportion. See a-6, symmetry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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lack or absence of symmetry in spatial arrangements or in mathematical or logical relations
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Word Origin and History for asymmetry

1650s, "want of symmetry or proportion," from Greek asymmetria, noun of quality from asymmetros "having no common measure; disproportionate, unsymmetrical," from a- "not" + symmetros "commensurable" (see symmetry).

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asymmetry in Medicine




Disproportion between two or more like parts; lack of symmetry.
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