asymmetric: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ā"su-me'trik, as"u-), [key]
— adj.
  1. not identical on both sides of a central line; unsymmetrical; lacking symmetry: Most faces are asymmetric.
  2. (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.”
    1. having an unsymmetrical arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
    2. noting a carbon atom bonded to four different atoms or groups.
    3. (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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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