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laterality

[ lat-uh-ral-i-tee ]
/ ˌlæt əˈræl ɪ ti /
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noun

the use of one hand in preference to the other.Compare handedness.
the dominance or superior development of one side of the body or brain.

Nearby words

lateral system, lateral thalamic peduncle, lateral thinking, lateral thoracic vein, lateral ventricle, laterality, lateralization, laterally, lateran, lateran council, lateran palace

Origin of laterality

First recorded in 1640–50; lateral + -ity
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Examples from the Web for laterality

  • And therefore this prevalency is either uncertainly placed in the laterality, or custom determines its differency.

    The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 2 of 3)|Thomas Browne

British Dictionary definitions for laterality

laterality

/ (ˌlætəˈrælɪtɪ) /

noun

psychol the difference in the mental functions controlled by the left and right cerebral hemispheres of the brain
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Medicine definitions for laterality

laterality

[ lăt′ə-rălĭ-tē ]

n.

Preferential use of limbs of one side of the body.
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