radial symmetry

noun

: the condition of having similar parts regularly arranged around a central axis
radially symmetrical adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The end result, constructed at Harvard, resembled the nave of a cathedral built by aliens to worship radial symmetry, or an iron maiden for punishing giant cubes. Caity Weaver, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 At the Rubenstein Arts Center on Duke University’s campus, an image from a microscope makes an alien landscape out of the knobby, radial symmetry of a sea urchin skeleton. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, 12 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of radial symmetry was in 1872

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“Radial symmetry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radial%20symmetry. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

radial symmetry

noun
: plant and animal symmetry in which similar parts are arranged in a balanced way around the center of the body compare bilateral symmetry

Medical Definition

radial symmetry

noun
: the condition of having similar parts regularly arranged around a central axis
radially symmetrical adjective

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