# symmetrical

### or sym·met·ric

[ si-me-tri-kuhl or si-me-trik ]

/ sɪˈmɛ trɪ kəl or sɪˈmɛ trɪk /

### adjective

characterized by or exhibiting symmetry; well-proportioned, as a body or whole; regular in form or arrangement of corresponding parts.

Geometry.

- noting two points in a plane such that the line segment joining the points is bisected by an axis: Points (1, 1) and (1, −1) are symmetrical with respect to the x-axis.
- noting a set consisting of pairs of points having this relation with respect to the same axis.
- noting two points in a plane such that the line segment joining the points is bisected by a point or center: The points (1, 1) and (−1, −1) are symmetrical with respect to (0, 0).
- noting a set consisting of pairs of points having this relation with respect to the same center.

Often symmetric. Mathematics.

- noting a square matrix that is equal to its transpose.
- noting a dyad or dyadic that is equal to its conjugate.
- noting a relation in which one element in relation to a second implies the second in relation to the first.

Botany.

- divisible into two similar parts by more than one plane passing through the center; actinomorphic.
- (of a flower) having the same number of parts in each whorl.

Chemistry.

- having a structure that exhibits a regular repeated pattern of the component parts.
- noting a benzene derivative in which three substitutions have occurred at alternate carbon atoms.

affecting corresponding parts simultaneously, as certain diseases.

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First recorded in 1745–55; symmetr(y) + -ical

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## British Dictionary definitions for symmetrical

symmetrical

/ (sɪˈmɛtrɪkəl) /

### adjective

possessing or displaying symmetryCompare asymmetric

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- (of two points) capable of being joined by a line that is bisected by a given point or bisected perpendicularly by a given line or planethe points ( x, y ) and ( –x, –y ) are symmetrical about the origin
- (of a configuration) having pairs of points that are symmetrical about a given point, line, or planea circle is symmetrical about a diameter
- (of an equation or function of two or more variables) remaining unchanged in form after an interchange of two variablesx + y = z is a symmetrical equation

chem (of a compound) having a molecular structure in which substituents are symmetrical about the molecule

botany another word for isomerous

Also: symmetric (of a disease, infection, etc) affecting both sides of the body or corresponding parts, such as both legs

## Derived forms of symmetrical

symmetrically, adverbsymmetricalness, nounCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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## Scientific definitions for symmetrical

symmetric

[ sĭ-mĕt′rĭk ]

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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