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n. pl. dis·sym·me·tries
Lack of symmetry.

dis′sym·met′ric (dĭs′sĭ-mĕt′rĭk), dis′sym·met′ri·cal (-rĭ-kəl) adj.
dis′sym·met′ri·cal·ly adv.


(dɪˈsɪmɪtrɪ; dɪsˈsɪm-)
n, pl -tries
1. (Mathematics) lack of symmetry
2. (General Physics) the relationship between two objects when one is the mirror image of the other. See also chirality
3. (Chemistry) another name for chirality
dissymmetric, ˌdissymˈmetrical adj
ˌdissymˈmetrically adv


(dɪˈsɪm ɪ tri, dɪsˈsɪm-)

lack of symmetry.
dis`sym•met′ric (-ˈmɛ trɪk) dis`sym•met′ri•cal, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dissymmetry - (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
spatial property, spatiality - any property relating to or occupying space
geometrical irregularity, irregularity - an irregular asymmetry in shape; an irregular spatial pattern
lopsidedness, skewness - an oblique or slanting asymmetry
radial asymmetry - the absence of symmetry about an axis
handedness, laterality - the property of using one hand more than the other
footedness - the property of favoring one foot over the other (as in kicking a ball)
eyedness - the property of favoring one eye over the other (as in taking aim)
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
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116) On the one hand, the limitation comes from a dissymmetric relationship between a country of colonizing history and one of colonized history.
Recently chloranil was employed as cyclising agent for the synthesis of dissymmetric TPDOs, however, the product was obtained indirectly through bisphenoxy or phenoxazine tricyclic intermediate [14, 15] instead of dianilide intermediate.
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iii) the dissymmetric growth index "[delta]" identified to the ratio of the larger to the smaller lateral growth vectors, [delta] = V'/V".
Dissymmetric cognitive theories, synaptic connectivity developmental reducing model, early and late neuro developmental models, late-early interactional model are still valid, allowing the elaboration of complex models.
The right is never an impartial position between the adversaries, it is always dissymmetric and functions as a privilege to be maintained or reestablished, of imposing a truth that functions as a weapon (Foucault 2000a: 61).