[ dek-struhl ]
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  1. of, relating to, or on the right side; right (opposed to sinistral).

  1. Also dexiotropic. Zoology. (of certain gastropod shells) coiling clockwise, as seen from the apex.

Origin of dextral

1640–50; <Latin dext(e)rdexter + -al1

Other words from dextral

  • dex·tral·ly, adverb

Words Nearby dextral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dextral in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dextral


/ (ˈdɛkstrəl) /

  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

  1. (of the shells of certain gastropod molluscs) coiling in an anticlockwise direction from the apex; dextrorse

Derived forms of dextral

  • dextrality (dɛkˈstrælɪtɪ), noun
  • dextrally, adverb

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