handedness

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noun hand·ed·ness \ ˈhan-dəd-nəs \

Definition of handedness

1 :a tendency to use one hand rather than the other
2 a :the property of an object (such as a molecule) of not being identical with its mirror image :chirality
b :either of the two configurations of an object that may exist in forms which are nonidentical mirror images

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First Known Use of handedness

1915


Medical Dictionary

handedness

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noun hand·ed·ness \ -nəs \

medical Definition of handedness

1 :a tendency to use one hand rather than the other
2 :the property of an object (as a molecule) of not being identical with its mirror image
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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