con·​tra·​lat·​er·​al | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈla-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce contralateral (audio) \

Definition of contralateral

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

Examples of contralateral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most players can safely return to competition when their strength reaches 90% of contralateral leg., "Injury Analysis: Everything You Need to Know About Sadio Mane’s Hamstring in 1 Minute," 17 Oct. 2017 Doctors generally discourage contralateral prophylactic mastectomy—also known as CPM, or the removal of a healthy breast when the other has cancer—for women at an average risk for additional breast cancer. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Why More Women Are Getting a Double Mastectomy," 13 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of contralateral

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contralateral was in 1882

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“Contralateral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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con·​tra·​lat·​er·​al | \ -ˈlat-ə-rəl, -ˈla-trəl How to pronounce contralateral (audio) \

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

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