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Related to dextral: sinistral, dextrose


1. Of, relating to, or located on the right side; right.
2. Right-handed.
3. Zoology Of or relating to a gastropod shell that coils clockwise and has its aperture to the right when facing the observer with the apex upward.

dex·tral′i·ty (dĕk-străl′ĭ-tē) n.
dex′tral·ly adv.


1. (Anatomy) of, relating to, or located on the right side, esp of the body; right-hand
2. (Physiology) of or relating to a person who prefers to use his or her right foot, hand, or eye; right-handed
3. (Biology) (of the shells of certain gastropod molluscs) coiling in an anticlockwise direction from the apex; dextrorse
dextrality n
ˈdextrally adv


(ˈdɛk strəl)

1. of, pertaining to, or on the right side.
2. having a preference for using the right hand or side; right-handed.
3. (of certain gastropod shells) coiling clockwise, as seen from the apex.
Compare sinistral.
[1640–50; < Latin dext(e)r (see dexter)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dextral - of or on the right; "a dextral gastropod shell with the apex upward has its opening on the right when facing the observer"; "a dextral flatfish lies with the right eye uppermost"
clockwise - in the same direction as the rotating hands of a clock
right-handed - using or intended for the right hand; "a right-handed batter"; "right-handed scissors"
sinistral - of or on the left; "a sinistral gastropod shell with the apex upward has its opening on the left when facing the observer"; "a sinistral flatfish lies with the left eye uppermost"
2.dextral - preferring to use right foot or hand or eye; "dextral individuals exhibit dominance of the right hand and eye"
right-handed - using or intended for the right hand; "a right-handed batter"; "right-handed scissors"
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Dextral Pa element, specimen 517/8, sample 122-5/16, Fig.
Desde la perspectiva tectonica destaca un fallamiento ENE-WSW de tipo sinestral y un fallamiento NW-SE dextral, producto de una compresion regional N-S.
2009) report even the regional movements 1 - 2 mm/year on faults at southern parts of the Boskovice Furrow, interpreted as sinistral at southern part and dextral in northern part.
Ductile and brittle fault fabrics indicate initial ductile dextral shearing of Fredericton, Miramichi, and granitic rocks followed by brittle faulting of mylonite, granite, and sedimentary rocks, perhaps with dominantly vertical separation.
Slip partitioning and inclined dextral transpression along the Zagros Thrust System, Iran.
1985), para determinar los parametros del mecanismo focal, dando como resultado un fallamiento inverso con componente dextral (plano A) con buzamiento N51,5[grados]O, lo que indica un deslizamiento en la direccion opuesta al buzamiento (Figura 7).
The Honghe fault, which is the boundary between the Indochina and Sichuan--Yunnan blocks, underwent dextral strike--slip movements at approximately 13-15 Ma (Tapponnier et al.
En seccion delgada, los indicadores cinematicos establecen un sentido de cizallamiento general dextral (FIGURA 5).
El movimiento reciente entre Arrecifes y Guatire se obtuvo de las evidencias diagnosticas identificadas a lo largo de la traza activa cartografiada y confirmada en campo, ratificando el caracter dextral con una componente normal del movimiento de la misma.
Interestingly, the expression of pitx2 in sinistral tongue sole was much higher than in dextral flatfish stone flounder during metamorphosis, which might be one of the reasons of different deflecting direction of them.
5 C); vent tube dextral with right wall displaced anteriorly (Altig and McDiarmid, 1999; Fig 3.