Definition of handedness in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhandɪdnəs/


[mass noun]
The tendency to use either the right or the left hand more naturally than the other.
Example sentences
  • Another mutation, inv, causes the complete reversal of handedness in mice; the inv gene codes for a protein containing ankyrin repeats, which suggests an involvement with the cytoskeleton.
  • But as long as our understanding of the origin and character of handedness remains clouded, its implications for the nature and ontological status of space will also remain somewhat obscure.
  • Nearly all right-handers are left-brained for language, suggesting that the D allele controls both handedness and brain dominance for language.

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