dextral

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dextral of or on the right "a dextral gastropod shell with the apex upward has its opening on the right when facing the observer","a dextral flatfish lies with the right eye uppermost"
    • adj dextral preferring to use right foot or hand or eye "dextral individuals exhibit dominance of the right hand and eye"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dextral Right, as opposed to sinistral, or left.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dextral Right, as opposed to left; right-hand.
    • dextral In conchology, dextrorse: applied to univalve shells whose aperture is on the right side when the shell is held in front of the observer with the apex upward and the aperture downward toward him: opposed to sinistral. Most shells are dextral.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dextral right, as opposed to left
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Dexter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dexter; Gr. dexios, Sans. dakshina, on the right, on the south.

Usage

In literature:

Dextral: to the right of the median line.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The circuit used by the decorator of this box is dextral or sunwise.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
SHELLS, sinistral and dextral, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
In dextral Gastropods the only structure found on the topographically right side of the rectum is the genital duct.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5" by Various
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In science:

To obtain the complete set of observable multispinor densities one needs to augment the standard sinistral 6 operators (applied to the left side of the wave function) with new dextral 6 (rightside applied) operators, and also bilateral 6 operators (multivectors applied on both sides of the wave function).
Generalized Fierz Identities and the Superselection Rule for Geometric Multispinors
Hence the complete solution can be interpreted6 as an isospin doublet (of spinors) coupled by now-allowable dextral application of the Pauli operators.
Generalized Fierz Identities and the Superselection Rule for Geometric Multispinors
It is easily verified that Rjk is invariant with respect to the λ parameter of the unitary matrix, allowing Hestenes to reinterpret it as quantum phase, and dextrally applied iσ3 as the quantum phase generator (replacing the usual commuting i).
Generalized Fierz Identities and the Superselection Rule for Geometric Multispinors
Our results are more general than other treatments in that a more complete set of quadratic multispinor densities is introduced which includes sinistral, dextral and bilateral operations.
Generalized Fierz Identities and the Superselection Rule for Geometric Multispinors
Now allowable dextral (right-side applied) operators on the wavefunction must be included, which brings a challenge to the postulate of compatible observables.
Classification of Multivector Theories and the Modification of the Postulates of Physics
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