Definition of Dextral

1. Adjective. Of or on the right. "A dextral flatfish lies with the right eye uppermost"

2. Adjective. Preferring to use right foot or hand or eye. "Dextral individuals exhibit dominance of the right hand and eye"
Similar to: Right-handed
Derivative terms: Dextrality

Definition of Dextral

1. a. Right, as opposed to sinistral, or left.

Definition of Dextral

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the right side ¹

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Definition of Dextral

1. pertaining to the right [adj]

Medical Definition of Dextral

1. Right, as opposed to sinistral, or left. Dextral shell, a spiral shell the whorls of which turn from left right, or like the hands of a watch when the apex of the spire is toward the eye of the observer. Origin: From Dexter. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dextral

dexter chief
dexter chiefs
dextral (current term)
dextral fault
dextran 110
dextran 40
dextran 70
dextran 75
dextran sulfate

Literary usage of Dextral

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1. Evolution, racial and habitudinal by John Thomas Gulick (1905)
"The first is called a dextral variety, and bears a dextral shell. Each individual has both male and female organs, and any two dextral individuals easily ..."

2. The Physiology of Man: Designed to Represent the Existing State of by Austin Flint (1875)
"... uterus in normal parturition—Involution of the uterus—Meconium—dextral preeminence—Development after birth—Ages—Death—Cadaveric rigidity— Putrefaction. ..."

3. The Cambridge Natural History by Arthur Everett Shipley, Sidney Frederic Harmer (1895)
"The vast majority of univalve spiral shells are normally dextral, ie when held spire uppermost, with the aperture towards the observer, the aperture is to ..."

4. With Sabre and Scalpel: The Autobiography of a Soldier and Surgeon by John Allan Wyeth (1914)
"... OR dextral PREFERENCE IN MAN— ALSO SOME SUGGESTIONS AS TO THE VALUE OF ENFORCED AMBIDEXTERITY IN our village school in Alabama the boys and girls were ..."

5. The Journal of Conchology by Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1874)
"It is quite probable that the ancestors of - Selected examples may have been dextral for generations. Possibly *V»ay indicate that the tendency to this ..."

6. The English Cyclopaedia by Charles Knight (1867)
"This difficulty brings with it another, namely that of determining whether the species are dextral or sinistral. These interesting questions had not been ..."

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