[dih-sim-i-tree, dis-sim-]
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Origin of dissymmetry

First recorded in 1835–45; dis-1 + symmetry
Related formsdis·sym·met·ric [dis-i-me-trik, dis-si-] /ˌdɪs ɪˈmɛ trɪk, ˌdɪs sɪ-/, dis·sym·met·ri·cal, adjectivedis·sym·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of dissymmetry

  • Far from establishing in the crystals of this salt the absence of all dissymmetry, he found that they all manifestly possessed it.

    Louis Pasteur

    Ren Vallery-Radot

  • The sphere s should be small and of uniform thickness; any dissymmetry of course has the effect to diminish the sensitiveness.

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

  • Pasteur found that the paratartrates were not only dissymmetrical, but that they possessed two forms of dissymmetry.

  • If Pasteur's idea as to the dissymmetry of crystals were confirmed, a great scientific advance was assured.

British Dictionary definitions for dissymmetry


noun plural -tries
  1. lack of symmetry
  2. the relationship between two objects when one is the mirror image of the otherSee also chirality
  3. another name for chirality
Derived Formsdissymmetric (ˌdɪsɪˈmɛtrɪk, ˌdɪssɪ-) or dissymmetrical, adjectivedissymmetrically, adverb
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