Definition of handedness in English:

handedness

noun

mass noun
  • The tendency to use either the right or the left hand more naturally than the other.

    ‘injury has forced him to change his handedness’
    • ‘A major problem faced in studies of a complex trait such as handedness concerns the criteria used to define a person's handedness.’
    • ‘The organ that I'm thinking of is the brain, which looks rather symmetric, true, but is about as full of handedness as an organ can get.’
    • ‘It's no wonder that psychologists adopted the view that handedness is (at least partially) a learned behavior.’
    • ‘Various statistics, such as identical twins with different handedness, have blown most genetic theories.’
    • ‘In a study involving 93 people, they found a strong statistical connection between handedness and cerebral dopamine asymmetries.’
    • ‘Our approach in the 2002 paper was an analysis of covariance, with age and handedness (both of which had significant effects) as covariates.’
    • ‘We did not feel that it was justified to include handedness as a covariate in our ANCOVA analysis.’
    • ‘So I wondered, what do people think about the left brain/right brain divide, and in particular in relation to handedness?’
    • ‘To further probe for a biological basis of handedness, the researchers examined handedness among pairs of chimp siblings.’
    • ‘Reversed handedness among fossil polychaete jaws was recently described by Bergman.’
    • ‘Biased handedness was traditionally thought to be a uniquely human trait, thought to relate to the separate functions for the two halves of the brain.’
    • ‘Even so, I firmly believe that the consequences of handedness can provide a credible basis for our emergent freedom.’
    • ‘Although microscopic jaw structures and reversed handedness are not the primary focus of this study, some observations are nevertheless noteworthy.’
    • ‘But this is hardly a definitive answer to the question of handedness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nearly all right-handers are left-brained for language, suggesting that the D allele controls both handedness and brain dominance for language.’
    • ‘Rather, the R gene dictates nonrandom distribution of handedness and whorling traits only with respect to the left-right body axis.’
    • ‘There appears to be no strong correlation to the person's handedness.’
    • ‘For instance, handedness is not a socially learned behaviour.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

handedness

/ˈhandɪdnəs/