Definition of dissymmetry in English:

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Pronunciation: /də(s)ˈsimətrē/

noun (plural dissymmetries)

1Lack of symmetry.
Example sentences
  • Possibly the most significative feature of these models is the very basic importance of dissymmetries.
  • Tariff dissymmetries are being exploited by a number of alternative calling procedures.
  • The pattern of two Jewish authors to one Christian continues a legitimate and welcome dissymmetry in the book.
1.1 technical The symmetrical relation of mirror images, the left and right hands, or crystals with two corresponding forms.
Example sentences
  • Enantiomorphs belong to a special class of symmetry that is actually closer to a dissymmetry: ‘the mirror image of [the crystal is] not superposable upon the crystal itself.’
  • Barron now suggests extending the definition of chirality to include time-reversal as well as dissymmetry.



Pronunciation: /ˌdi(s)siˈmetrik/
Example sentences
  • They showed this experimentally by irradiating the dissymmetric [Cr 3] 3 - (Cr tris-oxalato) complex with laser light in a very powerful magnetic field.
  • Furthermore, the lack of an induced dichroic contribution by the fiuorene moiety, although absorbing strongly in this spectral region, indicates that the fluorophore is not significantly perturbed by the dissymmetric peptide chain.
  • A molecule that is not symmetric - that is, a molecule without a plane of symmetry - is termed dissymmetric, or chiral.


Pronunciation: /ˌdi(s)siˈmetrikəl/
Example sentences
  • Every symmetrical and dissymmetrical configuration of standing, sitting, reclining, bowing, looking up or down, or being reflected in mirrors is tried out by the mise en scène.
  • The conditions of possibility for friendship are to be found in the idea of a de-distanced, dissymmetrical topology.
  • To achieve the correct radiation pattern, each subarray must exhibit a dissymmetrical source excitation.

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Syllabification: dis·sym·me·try

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