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a·sym·met·ric

 (ā′sĭ-mĕt′rĭk) also a·sym·met·ri·cal (-rĭ-kəl)
adj.
1.
a. Having no balance or symmetry: an asymmetric design.
b. Uneven in distribution.
2.
a. Existing or occurring between two incommensurate entities, especially to the detriment of one.
b. Characterized by an imbalance in power between two opponents in an armed conflict, especially one in which a weaker force uses unconventional means, such as guerilla or terrorist tactics: asymmetric warfare.
3. Chemistry Of or relating to a carbon atom having four different atoms or structural groups attached to it, resulting in an unbalanced spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule, so that the molecule cannot be superimposed on its mirror image; chiral.

a′sym·met′ri·cal·ly adv.
a·sym′me·try (ā-sĭm′ĭ-trē) adv.

asymmetry

(æˈsɪmɪtrɪ; eɪ-)
n
1. (Mathematics) lack or absence of symmetry in spatial arrangements or in mathematical or logical relations
2. (Logic) lack or absence of symmetry in spatial arrangements or in mathematical or logical relations

a·sym·me·try

(ā-sĭm′ĭ-trē)
Lack of symmetry or balance.

asymmetry

the quality or condition of lacking symmetry. — asymmetrical, asymmetric, adj.
See also: Symmetry
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.asymmetry - (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
symmetricalness, symmetry, correspondence, balance - (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane

asymmetry

noun
Lack of smoothness or regularity:
Translations

asymmetry

[eɪˈsɪmətrɪ] Nasimetría f

asymmetry

[eɪˈsɪmətri] nasymétrie f

asymmetry

nAsymmetrie f

asymmetry

[æˈsɪmɪtrɪ] nasimmetria

a·sym·me·try

n. asimetría, falta de simetría.
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In this article, which later earned him Nobel Laureate in economics, he analyzed the consequences of information asymmetry in certain markets.
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That asymmetry, which favors matter to a very small degree, has puzzled scientists for many years.
Objective: The observed asymmetry between matter and antimatter in the Universe is direct evidence that the Standard Model of particle physics, recently completed through the discovery of the Higgs boson, does not account for all (non-gravitational) physical phenomena.
It has even been suggested that asymmetry does not bear definition: "to define the term defies its very meaning, purpose, and significance.
Information asymmetry can have several adverse consequences, such as reduction of market efficiency, increase in transaction costs, market weakness, increase in shareholder's income, low liquidity and generally reduction of the transactions' profit in capital market [22].
Some reports suggest asymmetry in ground reaction forces are related to biasing the body's center of mass toward the contralateral limb [14-15].
In George Akerlof's seminal paper "The Market for Lemons," he noted that markets can fail when information asymmetry is too high.
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He takes apart the universal theory of everything one strand at a time; he exposes the asymmetry of time (light, creation myths and the quantum, the faltering of the big bang model); he examines the asymmetry of matter (energy flows, matter dances, unification in transition); and the asymmetry of life and life forms (the "when, "where," and "how" questions, the chirality of life, mutants).