Bot. twining upward to the right, as the stems of some vines do
Origin of dextrorseClassical Latin dextrorsus, toward the right from dexter (see dexter) + versus, turning: see verse
Growing upward in a spiral that turns from left to right: a dextrorse vine.
Origin of dextrorseLatin dextrōrsus from dextrōvorsus turning toward the right dexter right ; see dextro- . versus past participle of vertere to turn ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more dextrorse, superlative most dextrorse)
- At present scientists predicate dextrorse or sinistrorse quality of the plant regarded objectively; formerly the plant was regarded subjectively, and what is now called dextrorse was then considered sinistrorse.