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dextral

[dek-struh l]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or on the right side; right (opposed to sinistral).
  2. right-handed.
  3. Also dexiotropic. Zoology. (of certain gastropod shells) coiling clockwise, as seen from the apex.
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Origin of dextral

1640–50; < Latin dext(e)r dexter + -al1
Related formsdex·tral·ly, adverb
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Related Words

clockwise, dexter, dextral, right-handed

Examples from the Web for dextral

Historical Examples

  • The circuit used by the decorator of this box is dextral or sunwise.

    Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895

    Jesse Walter Fewkes

  • Vertigo (Sphyradium) edentula is dextral and without denticles.

    Our British Snails

    John William Horsley

  • Sinistral: Having the aperture of the shell at the left; opposite of dextral.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • It has been made from the broad beak of a Strombus or dextral whorled Busycon.

  • The bead illustrated in Fig. 6 has been made from the column of some dextral whorled shell.


British Dictionary definitions for dextral

dextral

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

dextral

(dĕkstrəl)
adj.
  1. Of, facing, or located on the right side; right.
  2. Right-handed.
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