asymmetry

[ey-sim-i-tree]

noun

the quality or state of being asymmetric.

Nearby words

  1. asymmetric bars,
  2. asymmetric time,
  3. asymmetric warfare,
  4. asymmetrical,
  5. asymmetrical warfare,
  6. asymptomatic,
  7. asymptote,
  8. asymptotic,
  9. asymptotic freedom,
  10. asynapsis

Origin of asymmetry

First recorded in 1645–55, asymmetry is from the Greek word asymmetría lack of proportion. See a-6, symmetry

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British Dictionary definitions for asymmetry

asymmetry

noun

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

asymmetry

n.

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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Medicine definitions for asymmetry

asymmetry

[ā-sĭmĭ-trē]

n.

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

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