[kon-truh-lat-er-uh l]


(of the body) pertaining to, situated on, or coordinated with the opposite side.

Origin of contralateral

First recorded in 1880–85; contra-1 + lateral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contralateral



anatomy zoology relating to or denoting the opposite side of a body, structure, etc
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Word Origin and History for contralateral

1882, from contra- + lateral.

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contralateral in Medicine




Taking place or originating in a corresponding part on an opposite side, as pain or paralysis in a part opposite the site of a lesion.
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