[ dek-struh l ]
/ ˈdɛk strəl /


of, relating to, or on the right side; right (opposed to sinistral).
Also dexiotropic. Zoology. (of certain gastropod shells) coiling clockwise, as seen from the apex.

Origin of dextral

1640–50; < Latin dext(e)r dexter + -al1
Related formsdex·tral·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dextral


/ (ˈdɛkstrəl) /


of, relating to, or located on the right side, esp of the body; right-hand
of or relating to a person who prefers to use his right foot, hand, or eye; right-handed
(of the shells of certain gastropod molluscs) coiling in an anticlockwise direction from the apex; dextrorse
Compare sinistral
Derived Formsdextrality (dɛkˈstrælɪtɪ), noundextrally, adverb
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Medicine definitions for dextral


[ dĕkstrəl ]


Of, facing, or located on the right side; right.
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