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/ˌeɪ səˈmɛ trɪk, ˌæs ə-/
not identical on both sides of a central line; unsymmetrical; lacking symmetry:
Most faces are asymmetric.
(of a logical or mathematical relation) holding true of members of a class in one order but not in the opposite order, as in the relation “being an ancestor of.”.
having an unsymmetrical arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
noting a carbon atom bonded to four different atoms or groups.
(of a polymer) noting an atom or group that is within a polymer chain and is bonded to two different atoms or groups that are external to the chain.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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The charge build-up requires an
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No ruffles or
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He produced great earlier work on the economics of
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The relationship between the two levels is
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British Dictionary definitions for
not symmetrical; lacking symmetry; misproportioned
(of a molecule) having its atoms and radicals arranged unsymmetrically
(of a carbon atom) attached to four different atoms or radicals so that stereoisomerism results
involving chiral molecules:
) (of conductors) having different conductivities depending on the direction of current flow, as of diodes
) having unequal thrust, as caused by an inoperative engine in a twin-engined aircraft
) (of a relation) never holding between a pair of values
when it holds between
…is the father of…
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(...) or of its indirect consequences. The universe is asymmetric. (L' univers est dissymetrique.)
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