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[dih-sim-i-tree, dis-sim-] /dɪˈsɪm ɪ tri, dɪsˈsɪm-/
absence or lack of symmetry.
Origin of dissymmetry
1835-45; dis-1 + symmetry
Related forms
[dis-i-me-trik, dis-si-] /ˌdɪs ɪˈmɛ trɪk, ˌdɪs sɪ-/ (Show IPA),
dissymmetrical, adjective
dissymmetrically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dissymmetry
Historical Examples
  • dissymmetry probably represents some essential manifestation of vital force.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • Far from establishing in the crystals of this salt the absence of all dissymmetry, he found that they all manifestly possessed it.

    Louis Pasteur Ren Vallery-Radot
  • Pasteur's own thoughts with regard to dissymmetry rose above even the lofty heights of mere earthly biology.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • The sphere s should be small and of uniform thickness; any dissymmetry of course has the effect to diminish the sensitiveness.

  • If Pasteur's idea as to the dissymmetry of crystals were confirmed, a great scientific advance was assured.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • None of these substances, however, has any effect on polarized light or shows any dissymmetry in the form of its crystals.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • Pasteur found that the paratartrates were not only dissymmetrical, but that they possessed two forms of dissymmetry.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • Pasteur's discoveries in dissymmetry have brought us closer than ever before to the mystery of life.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • All his life he kept this question of dissymmetry before his mind and hoped to get back to work at it.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for dissymmetry


/dɪˈsɪmɪtrɪ; dɪsˈsɪm-/
noun (pl) -tries
lack of symmetry
the relationship between two objects when one is the mirror image of the other See also chirality
another name for chirality
Derived Forms
dissymmetric (ˌdɪsɪˈmɛtrɪk; ˌdɪssɪ-), dissymmetrical, adjective
dissymmetrically, adverb
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