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sinistral

[ sin-uh-struhl ]
/ ˈsɪn ə strəl /
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adjective
of, relating to, or on the left side; left (opposed to dextral).
(of certain gastropod shells) coiling counterclockwise, as seen from the apex.
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Origin of sinistral

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word sinistrālis.See sinister, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM sinistral

sin·is·tral·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sinistral

sinistral
/ (ˈsɪnɪstrəl) /

adjective
of, relating to, or located on the left side, esp the left side of the body
a technical term for left-handed
(of the shells of certain gastropod molluscs) coiling in a clockwise direction from the apex
Compare dextral

Derived forms of sinistral

sinistrally, adverb

Word Origin for sinistral

C15 (in the obsolete sense: adverse, evil); C19 (in current senses): from Medieval Latin sinistrālis. See sinister
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Medical definitions for sinistral

sinistral
[ sĭnĭ-strəl, sĭ-nĭstrəl ]

adj.
Of, facing, or located on the left side; left.
Left-handed.
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