asym·​me·​try | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈsi-mə-trē How to pronounce asymmetry (audio) \
plural asymmetries

Definition of asymmetry

: lack or absence of symmetry As Mercury orbits the Sun, it experiences a small torque due to its slight asymmetry in the plane of its orbit …— Johanna Miller French rococo was a part of this mood, which tended to favor pastel colors, asymmetry, a calculated disorder, a dreamy sensuality.— Jonathan D. Spence "Handedness"—whether we are left- or right-handed—is a convenient indicator of the development of the brain asymmetries that are thought to be required for language.— Tim Flannery

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1651, in the meaning defined above

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asym·​me·​try | \ (ˈ)ā-ˈsim-ə-trē How to pronounce asymmetry (audio) \
plural asymmetries

Medical Definition of asymmetry

1 : lack or absence of symmetry: as
a : lack of proportion between the parts of a thing especially : want of bilateral symmetry asymmetry in the development of the two sides of the brain
b : lack of coordination of two parts acting in connection with one another asymmetry of convergence of the eyes
2 : lack of symmetry in spatial arrangement of atoms and groups in a molecule

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