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[ey-sim-i-tree] /eɪˈsɪm ɪ tri/
the quality or state of being asymmetric.
Origin of asymmetry
1645-55; < Greek asymmetría lack of proportion. See a-6, symmetry Unabridged
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Examples from the web for asymmetry
  • It fits with a large body of research showing emotional asymmetry in the brain, he said.
  • Neither one of us was comfortable with the asymmetry in our roles or the apparent gender reversal.
  • It may not need a universal asymmetry to explain the prevalence of matter.
  • The thing that fascinates me is the asymmetry of this process.
  • The asymmetry in money spent and effect achieved between the two sides is staggering.
  • The color seeped back into his face, and the asymmetry disappeared.
  • Combines empirical and clinical research on brain asymmetry with theoretical perspectives.
  • There is, admittedly, a risk that asymmetry could rise if euro countries specialise more.
  • In fact, there are theories which explain how such an asymmetry could have occurred.
  • For me, a single earpiece drives me crazy with its asymmetry.
British Dictionary definitions for asymmetry


/æˈsɪmɪtrɪ; eɪ-/
lack or absence of symmetry in spatial arrangements or in mathematical or logical relations
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Word Origin and History for asymmetry

1650s, "want of symmetry or proportion," from Greek asymmetria, noun of quality from asymmetros "having no common measure; disproportionate, unsymmetrical," from a- "not" + symmetros "commensurable" (see symmetry).

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asymmetry in Medicine

asymmetry a·sym·me·try (ā-sĭm'ĭ-trē)
Disproportion between two or more like parts; lack of symmetry.

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