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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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(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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The Epithelialised margin of residual perforation is freshened using a Micropick (C) and then the Medialised margin of the graft lateralised (D).
Embracing is not the only form of lateralised social touch that humans show.
A: aura; AED: antiepileptic drug; AVM: arteriovenous malformation; C: central; ChT: chemotherapy; CPS: complex partial seizure; CT: computerized tomography; F: frontal; Fe: female; M: male; HPV: hyperventilation; L: feft; MCD: Malformation of Cortical Development; MRI: magnetic resonance imaging; MT: monotherapy; N: normal; NA: not available; O: occipital; P: parietal; PLED: Periodic Lateralised Epileptiform Discharges; PT: polytherapy; R: right; RT: radiotherapy; S: seizure; SGTCS: secondary generalized tonic clonic seizure; SPS: simple partial seizure; T: temporal; yo: years old Table 2.
Of the lateralised injuries 37% and 20% occurred on the right side and 30% and 26% on the left side (years 1 and 2 respectively), and this difference was not significantly different.
Following the procedure except for a headache lateralised to the treated side which settled over days, no other clinical symptom or sign appeared.
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.
[5] It can be divided into two major forms: generalised with bilateral diffuse synchronous seizures (absence), or partial with lateralised seizures (complex partial).