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1. A preference for using one hand as opposed to the other.
2. See chirality.


1. the tendency to use one hand more skilfully or in preference to the other
2. (Chemistry) the property of some chemical substances of rotating the plane of polarized light in one direction rather than another. See also dextrorotation, laevorotation
3. (General Physics) the relation between the vectors of spin and momentum of neutrinos and certain other elementary particles. See also helicity


(ˈhæn dɪd nɪs)

a tendency to use one hand more than the other.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handedness - the property of using one hand more than the other
asymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance - (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
ambidexterity, ambidextrousness - the property of being equally skillful with each hand
sinistrality, left-handedness - preference for using the left hand
dextrality, right-handedness - preference for using the right hand
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Hand preference is a manifestation of brain function and is therefore related to (http://www.
Hand dominance usually becomes established around the age of four, although a hand preference may be seen as early as in utero.
Most people show hand preference in many tasks and consider themselves as right or left handed.
Hand preference as a heritable trait is a widely accepted explanation with a current conclusion that handedness is polygenic [21,22]; heritability estimates range from 0.
Hand preference was determined by the hand the child used to pick up an object placed centrally in front of the child.
They also suggested that cultural and environmental factors can change "natural" hand preference in according to different types of pressures (e.
As an example of all three: crawling human babies show less hand preference than toddlers.
In determination of hand preference, culture, and religion also play their role.
Also shown in the same study, there is no correlation between hand preference and muscle fatigue model installation.
From their responses, The Left-Handers Club aims to compile an accurate picture of how hand preference, or more specifically right-brain dominance, can affect choices in career, sporting and leisure pursuits, and whether left-handers really do gravitate towards certain life choices over others, as has often been suggested.
Perkins said there are signs for parents to watch for, such as if the baby favors one side or shows an early hand preference.