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symmetric

/ (sɪˈmɛtrɪk) /
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adjective

logic maths (of a relation) holding between a pair of arguments x and y when and only when it holds between y and x, as … is a sibling of … but not … is a brother of …Compare asymmetric (def. 5), antisymmetric, nonsymmetric
another word for symmetrical (def. 5)

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Scientific definitions for symmetric

symmetric
[ sĭ-mĕtrĭk ]
symmetrical (sĭ-mĕtrĭ-kəl)

Relating to or exhibiting symmetry.
Relating to a logical or mathematical relation between two elements such that if the first element is related to the second element, the second element is related in like manner to the first. The relation a = b is symmetric, whereas the relation a > b is not.
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