Referring to a side of the body or of a structure; specifically, the dominance of one side of the brain or the body.
- crossed l. right dominance of some members, e.g., arm or leg, and left dominance of other members.

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lat·er·al·i·ty .lat-ə-'ral-ət-ē n, pl -ties preference in use of homologous parts on one lateral half of the body over those on the other: dominance in function of one of a pair of lateral homologous parts <studies of the \laterality of individuals in the performance of different tasks (K. C. Garrison)>

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lat·er·al·i·ty (lat″ər-alґĭ-te) either dextrality or sinistrality, a preference to use one side of the body in voluntary motor acts; see also cerebral dominance and lateral dominance, under dominance.

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