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(Latin) lateralis, from latus, lateris, side: confer (French) latéral.


1. Of or pertaining to the sides; as, the lateral walls of a house; the lateral branches of a tree.

2. (Anatomy) Lying at, or extending toward, the side; away from the mesial plane; external; -- opposed to mesial.

3. Directed to the side; as, a lateral view of a thing. Lateral cleavage (Crystallography), cleavage parallel to the lateral planes. -- Lateral equation (Mathematics), an equation of the first degree. (obsolete) -- Lateral line (Anatomy), in fishes, a line of sensory organs along either side of the body, often marked by a distinct line of color. -- Lateral pressure or stress (Mechanic), a pressure or stress at right angles to the length, as of a beam or bridge; -- distinguished from longitudinal pressure or stress. -- Lateral strength (Mechanic), strength which resists a tendency to fracture arising from lateral pressure. -- Lateral system (Bridge Building), the system of horizontal braces (as between two vertical trusses) by which lateral stiffness is secured.

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From Latin laterālis (“belonging to the side”), from latus (“a side”)


side, sidely


lateral (plural laterals) an object, such as a passage or a protrusion, that is situated on the side of something else (linguistics) a sound produced through lateral pronunciation (such as /l/ in lateral) (American football) a lateral pass


lateral (third-person singular simple present laterals, present participle lateralling or lateraling, simple past and past participle lateralled or lateraled) To move (oneself or something) in a lateral direction (American football) To execute a lateral pass


Adjective lateral (comparative more lateral, superlative most lateral) To the side; of or pertaining to the side. Instead of a promotion, I opted for a lateral move to a similar position in the marketing department. (anatomy) Pertaining to the left or right of the body; further from the midline. The medial side of the knee faces the other knee, while the outer side of the knee is lateral. A fish senses changes in hydrodynamic pressure with its lateral line. (linguistics) Pertaining to sounds that are generated by partially blocking the egress of the airstream with the tip of the tongue touching the alveolar ridge, leaving space on one or both sides of the occlusion for the air passage.


(human anatomy direction adjectives) anterior,‎ distal,‎ dorsal,‎ lateral,‎ medial,‎ posterior,‎ proximal,‎ ventral (Category: en:Medicine)



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