[dek-struh l]


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.

Nearby words

  1. dexter,
  2. dexterity,
  3. dexterous,
  4. dextr-,
  5. dextrad,
  6. dextrality,
  7. dextrally,
  8. dextran,
  9. dextranase,
  10. dextrase

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



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




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

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