handedness

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noun hand·ed·ness \ˈhan-dəd-nəs\

Definition of handedness

  1. 1 :  a tendency to use one hand rather than the other

  2. 2a :  the property of an object (such as a molecule) of not being identical with its mirror image :  chiralityb :  either of the two configurations of an object that may exist in forms which are nonidentical mirror images

1915

First Known Use of handedness

1915


Medical Dictionary

handedness

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noun hand·ed·ness \-nəs\

Medical Definition of handedness

  1. 1:  a tendency to use one hand rather than the other

  2. 2:  the property of an object (as a molecule) of not being identical with its mirror image

  3. 3:  the property of having either a clockwise or counterclockwise motion (as the corkscrew movement of some microorganisms or their flagella or cilia)


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