Definition of Laterality

1. Noun. Localization of function on either the right or left sides of the brain.

2. Noun. The property of using one hand more than the other.
Exact synonyms: Handedness
Generic synonyms: Asymmetry, Dissymmetry, Imbalance
Specialized synonyms: Ambidexterity, Ambidextrousness, Left-handedness, Sinistrality, Dextrality, Right-handedness
Derivative terms: Handed

3. Noun. Superior development of one side of the body.
Exact synonyms: Dominance
Generic synonyms: Bodily Property

Definition of Laterality

1. n. The state or condition of being lateral.

Definition of Laterality

1. Noun. the state or quality of being lateral ¹

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Medical Definition of Laterality

1. Behavioural manifestations of cerebral dominance in which there is preferential use and superior functioning of either the left or the right side, as in the preferred use of the right hand or right foot. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Laterality

lateral vastus muscle
lateral vein of lateral ventricle
lateral venous lacunae
lateral ventral hernia
lateral ventricle
lateral vertigo
lateral vestibular nucleus
lateral wall of middle ear
lateral wall of orbit
lateral wall of tympanic cavity
laterality (current term)

Literary usage of Laterality

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Literary Disorders: Holistic Diagnosis and Remediation by Ula C. Manzo, Anthony V. Manzo (1993)
"laterality, or the preference for use of the right or left hand, foot, eye, etc., ... laterality, or Mixed Dominance It has been suspected and suggested ..."

2. Alcohols Effect on Organ Function edited by Dianne M. Welsh (1997)
"laterality tests are discussed in a later section; see also Oscar-Berman (1992). Controversy exists over whether and to what extent chronic alcoholism ..."

3. The Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science by Iowa Academy of Science (1890)
"Except for the stutterers, the groups were classified on the basis of a laterality index questionnaire. A major purpose of the investigation was to ..."

4. Harmful Non-Indigenous Species in the United States (1994)
"Hutner, N., and Oscar-Berman, M. Visual laterality patterns for the perception of emotional words in alcholic and aging individuals. ..."

5. A History of European Thought in the Nineteenth Century by John Theodore Merz (1903)
"l It is likely that this visit, as well as the discovery of Arago that rays of light when polarised —ie, possessed of laterality—lose under certain ..."

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