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The process whereby certain embryologic asymmetries of structure (such as the right-side location of the liver and the structure of the great vessels) and function (handedness) are ordained phylogenetically, coded genetically, and realized ontogenetically.
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Localization of a function, such as speech, to the right or left side of the brain.

lat′er·al·ize′ v.
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The process whereby certain embryologic asymmetries of structure and function are ordained phylogenetically, coded genetically, and realized ontogenetically.
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MR spectroscopy, PET and SPECT are functional exams used to lateralize the hemisphere of seizure onset.
Caption: Figure 2 Four sizes of proximal body options to lateralize the proximal humerus to improve soft tissue tensioning and increase deltoid wrapping.
This magnitude of muscle shortening may be an explanation for the limited improvements in active internal and external rotation reported with the Grammont reverse shoulder relative to designs that lateralize the humerus more, (1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 18, 38) for why subscapularis repair is necessary for stability with reverse shoulder designs having a medialized humerus, (39, 40) and for why patients with reverse shoulders are reported to have a different scapulo-humeral rhythms and specifically more scapular motion than in normal shoulders.
(24, 27-29) Because placing bone graft behind the glenoid plate lateralizes the CoR relative to the native glenoid, it subjects the bone graft-native glenoid interface to increased torque and shear that could compromise healing and slow rehabilitation, which is reported to take at least 6 months to incorporate.
If a built-in varus-tilt is implanted, the surgeon needs to realize that this lateralizes the center of rotation and thus increases the loads on the glenoid component [25].
If the sampling lateralizes to one side then adrenalectomy can be offered.
Cohen's mixing of graphite powder, acrylic, watercolor, ground pigment, and gesso lateralizes the traditional hierarchy between "painting" and "drawing," and loosely connects her work to the artists associated with the post-war European movement of Art Informel.
Gazzaniga's zeal is perhaps forgivable; but the quest to understand the mechanistic nature of how the brain works lateralizes the very nature of the human mind, which is, according to current neuro-dogma, merely "what the brain does." (17) Seeking answers to the mechanistic nature of any system, be it the human brain or the human voice, is only part (and not even half) of the question.
The paired autotomy experiments suggest that claw lateralization in adult snapping shrimp has a central locus, similar to that in juvenile lobsters where differential reflex activity from the paired claws lateralizes the ganglion into major and minor sides during a critical developmental period (Govind and Pearce, 1986).