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English definition of “lateral”

lateral

adjective     /ˈlæt.rəl/ US  /ˈlæt̬.ɚ.əl/
[before noun] formal or specialized biology, medical relating to the sides of an object or plant or to sideways movement: lateral movement Trim the lateral shoots of the flower (= the ones that grow sideways from the main stem of a plant).Surfaces of objectsEdges and extremities of objects specialized phonetics describes a consonant in which the flow of air is blocked in the middle, so the air flows to the side: In English, /l/ is lateral. laterally     /-i/ adverb
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