[ dih-sim-i-tree, dis-sim- ]
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  1. absence or lack of symmetry.

Origin of dissymmetry

First recorded in 1835–45; dis-1 + symmetry

Other words from dissymmetry

  • dis·sym·met·ric [dis-i-me-trik, dis-si-], /ˌdɪs ɪˈmɛ trɪk, ˌdɪs sɪ-/, dis·sym·met·ri·cal, adjective
  • dis·sym·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby dissymmetry

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How to use dissymmetry in a sentence

  • If later on the large pincer is again cut off the process is repeated and the original dissymmetry is restored.

  • None of these substances, however, has any effect on polarized light or shows any dissymmetry in the form of its crystals.

    Makers of Modern Medicine | James J. Walsh
  • Pasteur found that the paratartrates were not only dissymmetrical, but that they possessed two forms of dissymmetry.

    Makers of Modern Medicine | James J. Walsh
  • If Pasteur's idea as to the dissymmetry of crystals were confirmed, a great scientific advance was assured.

    Makers of Modern Medicine | James J. Walsh
  • dissymmetry probably represents some essential manifestation of vital force.

    Makers of Modern Medicine | James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for dissymmetry


/ (dɪˈsɪmɪtrɪ, dɪsˈsɪm-) /

nounplural -tries
  1. lack of symmetry

  2. the relationship between two objects when one is the mirror image of the other: See also chirality

  1. another name for chirality

Derived forms of dissymmetry

  • dissymmetric (ˌdɪsɪˈmɛtrɪk, ˌdɪssɪ-) or dissymmetrical, adjective
  • dissymmetrically, adverb

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