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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.


(ˈlætərəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
(Medicine) med rare to cause something to be located on or moved to one side
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Verb1.lateralize - move or displace to one side so as to make lateral
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
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Objective: "Language comprehension is a fundamentally dynamic process, where incoming speech information interfaces with two markedly different neuro-cognitive processing systems a left lateralised fronto-temporal system that is critical for linguistic processes of morphological and syntactic analysis, and a distributed bi-hemispheric system that supports semantic and pragmatic interpretation.
Along with motor behavior, language is one of the most lateralised functions of the human body, the networks of brain areas controlling language are located asymmetrically in the brain's left or right hemisphere.
Kyphotic deformity develops at the site of the spinal dysraphism as a result of the lateralised erector spinae muscles becoming perverted flexors of the spine.
5] It can be divided into two major forms: generalised with bilateral diffuse synchronous seizures (absence), or partial with lateralised seizures (complex partial).
Comparing favourably with the previously analysed and very robust Towton medieval combatants (Knusel 2000), Gristhorpe Man appears to have been right-handed and strongly lateralised, indicating that he engaged in activities requiring strenuous use of his dominant right upper limb (Tables 1 & 2).