asymmetrical

adjective asym·met·ri·cal \ ˌā-sə-ˈme-tri-kəl \
variants: or asymmetric play \-trik\
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of asymmetrical

1 : having two sides or halves that are not the same : not symmetrical
  • an asymmetrical design
  • asymmetrical shapes
2 usually asymmetric , of a carbon atom : bonded to four different atoms or groups

asymmetrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

asymmetry

play \(ˌ)ā-ˈsi-mə-trē\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of asymmetrical

Greek asymmetria lack of proportion, from asymmetros ill-proportioned, from a- + symmetros symmetrical


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asymmetrical

adjective asym·met·ri·cal \ ˌā-sə-ˈme-tri-kəl \
variants: or asymmetric play \-trik\

medical Definition of asymmetrical

1 : not symmetrical
2 usually asymmetric, of a carbon atom : bonded to four different atoms or groups

asymmetrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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