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Bilateral Defined

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Updated January 07, 2009

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Definition: Bilateral means "on both sides". In medicine, it refers to both sides of the body, or two of something. Bilateral ankle fractures would mean both ankles are fractured. Bilateral inguinal hernias would mean that both inguinal areas, left and right, have hernias.
Also Known As: bilateralism, bilaterally
Common Misspellings: bilataral, bilaterel, bylateral, bylatteral,
Examples:
The patient was diagnosed with a bilateral kidney infection.
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