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a tendency to use preferentially in voluntary motor acts the parts along one side of the body, such as the ear, eye, hand, or leg; see also dextrality, sinistrality, and handedness.
crossed laterality the preferential use of contralateral members of the different pairs of organs in voluntary motor acts, e.g., right eye and left hand.
dominant laterality the preferential use of ipsilateral members of the different pairs of organs in voluntary motor acts, e.g., right (dextrality) or left (sinistrality) ear, eye, hand, and leg.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Preferential dominance and use of the parts of one side of the body such as the eye, arm, leg, or hand.
See also: laterality
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