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[han-did-nis] /ˈhæn dɪd nɪs/

a tendency to use one hand more than the other.
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

handedness hand·ed·ness (hān’dĭd-nĭs)



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