a basic body plan in which the left and right sides of the organism can be divided into approximate mirror images of each other along the midline.
Compare radial symmetry.
Origin of bilateral symmetry
First recorded in 1850–55
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Symmetrical arrangement, as of an organism or a body part, along a central axis, so that the body is divided into equivalent right and left halves by only one plane.
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Symmetrical arrangement of an organism or part of an organism along a central axis, so that the organism or part can be divided into two equal halves. Bilateral symmetry is a characteristic of animals that are capable of moving freely through their environments. Compare radial symmetry.
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