contralateral

play
adjective con·tra·lat·er·al \ ˌkän-trə-ˈla-t(ə-)rəl \

Definition of contralateral

:occurring on or acting in conjunction with a part on the opposite side of the body

Origin and Etymology of contralateral

International Scientific Vocabulary


Medical Dictionary

contralateral

play
adjective con·tra·lat·er·al \ -ˈlat-ə-rəl, -ˈla-trəl \

medical Definition of contralateral

:occurring on, affecting, or acting in conjunction with a part on the opposite side of the body
  • the motor cortex controls contralateral muscles
— compare ipsilateral

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up contralateral? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

alert quickness of mind or body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!