dextral

adjective
dex·​tral | \ ˈdek-strəl How to pronounce dextral (audio) \

Definition of dextral

: of or relating to the right : inclined to the right: such as
b of a gastropod shell : having the whorls coiling clockwise down the spire when viewed with the apex toward the observer and having the aperture situated on the right of the axis when held with the spire uppermost and with the aperture opening toward the observer — compare sinistral

Examples of dextral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was one exception — when coauthor and citizen scientist Philippe Thomas mated second-generation dextral offspring of French sinistral garden snails. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 2 June 2020 Six of 32 dextral snails produced 17 sinistral offspring out of 6,302 total offspring. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of dextral

1646, in the meaning defined above

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“Dextral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dextral. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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dextral

adjective
dex·​tral | \ ˈdek-strəl How to pronounce dextral (audio) \

Medical Definition of dextral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the right especially : right-handed

Other Words from dextral

dextrally \ -​strə-​lē How to pronounce dextral (audio) \ adverb

dextral

noun

Medical Definition of dextral (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person exhibiting dominance of the right hand and eye

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