Want of symmetry, or proportion between the parts of a thing, esp. want of bilateral symmetry.
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asymmetry \a*sym"me*try\ (&?;), n. [gr. &?;; 'a priv. + &?; symmetry.] 1. want of symmetry, or proportion between the parts of a thing, esp. want of bilateral symmetry. 2. (math.) incommensurability. [obs.] asymmetry n : (mathematics) a lack of symmetry [syn: imbalance] [ant: symmetry]
Factor describing the shape of a chromatographic peak. Theory assumes a Gaussian shape and that peaks are symmetrical. The peak asymmetry factor is the ratio (at 10% of the peak height) of the distance between the peak apex and the back side of the chromatographic curve to the distance between the peak apex and the front side of the chromatographic curve. A value > I is a tailing peak, while a value
Asymmetry Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Asymmetry is the absence of, or a violation of, symmetry. Symmetry is an important property of both physical and abstract systems, it may be displayed in precise terms or in more aesthetic terms. The absence of violation of symmetrys that are either expected or desired can have important consequences for a system.