adjective Date: 1646 of or relating to the right ; inclined to the right: as a. right-handed 3 b. of a gastropod shell having the whorls coiling clockwise down the spire when viewed with the apex toward the observer and having the aperture situated on the right of the axis when held with the spire uppermost and with the aperture opening toward the observer — compare sinistral

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  • Dextral — Dex tral, a. [From {Dexter}.] Right, as opposed to sinistral, or left. [1913 Webster] {Dextral shell} (Zo[ o]l.), a spiral shell the whorls of which turn from left right, or like the hands of a watch when the apex of the spire is toward the eye… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dextral — [deks′trəl] adj. [< L dextra, right hand side (see DEXTER) + AL] 1. on the right hand side; right 2. right handed 3. having whorls that rise to the apex in counterclockwise spirals from the opening at the lower right: said of the shells of… …   English World dictionary

  • dextral — clockwise clockwise adj. 1. of rotatory motion. {dextral} [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dextral — SYN: right handed. * * * dex·tral dek strəl adj of or relating to the right esp RIGHT HANDED dex·tral·ly strə lē adv dextral n a person exhibiting dominance of the right hand and eye * * * dex·tral …   Medical dictionary

  • dextral — right handed, e.g. referring to flatfishes having the right hand side uppermost …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • dextral — adj. [L. dexter, right] Right handed; to the right of the median line …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • dextral — dextrally, adv. /dek streuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or on the right side; right (opposed to sinistral). 2. right handed. 3. Also, dexiotropic. Zool. (of certain gastropod shells) coiling clockwise, as seen from the apex. [1640 50; < L… …   Universalium

  • dextral — adjective Of or pertaining to the right side Ant: sinistral See Also: dexter …   Wiktionary

  • dextral — Synonyms and related words: clockwise, conservative, dexter, dextrocardial, dextrocerebral, dextrocular, dextrogyrate, dextrogyratory, dextropedal, dextrorotary, dextrorse, off, reactionary, right, right hand, right wing, right wingish, starboard …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dextral — dex·tral || dekstrÉ™l adj. of or pertaining to the right side; located on the right side; right handed; coiling from left to right (Zoology) …   English contemporary dictionary

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