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[han-did-nis] /ˈhæn dɪd nɪs/
a tendency to use one hand more than the other.
Origin of handedness
1920-25; handed + -ness Unabridged
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  • And our right or left handedness corresponds with the brain localization of language.
  • It also had its faults: a certain heavy-handedness, and a tendency for the characters to make speeches rather than utter dialogue.
  • His abrupt manner in answering correspondence might leave the impression of high-handedness or lack of concern.
  • handedness is one of the enduring mysteries of life.
  • But it was introduced with characteristic ham-handedness, with virtually no consultation with political leaders.
  • It even showed the same handedness that the eyes of sighted people have for light.
  • Instead, they found the ratio of amino acids tilted toward left-handedness in all six specimens.
  • B-modes retain their special nature as manifest in the fact that they can possess a handedness that distinguishes left from right.
  • The concept of handedness-of left and right, say, or of clockwise and anti-clockwise-is deceptively simple.
  • handedness was found to predict choice in experiments mirroring real-life situations as well.
British Dictionary definitions for handedness


the tendency to use one hand more skilfully or in preference to the other
the property of some chemical substances of rotating the plane of polarized light in one direction rather than another See also dextrorotation, laevorotation
the relation between the vectors of spin and momentum of neutrinos and certain other elementary particles See also helicity
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handedness in Medicine

handedness hand·ed·ness (hān'dĭd-nĭs)

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

  2. The chirality of a molecule.

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handedness in Science
  1. A preference for using one hand rather than the other to perform most manual tasks and activities. Most people are right-handed. Historically, it has been theorized that handedness is associated with a dominance of the opposite cerebral hemisphere of the brain, but this has not been conclusively proven. Although the scientific basis for handedness is unknown, the fact that left-handed parents more frequently have left-handed offspring suggests at least a partial genetic component. Some experts believe that children are trained to favor one hand over the other (usually the right hand.). Handedness is usually established in the first few years of life.

  2. See chirality.

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