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HAND. That part of the human body at the end of the arm.
     2. Formerly the hand was considered as the symbol of good faith, and some contracts derive their names from the fact that the hand was used in making them; as handsale, (q.v.) mandatum, (q.v.) which comes from a mandata. The hand is still used for various legal or forensic purposes. When a person is accused of a crime and he is arraigned, and he is asked to hold up his right hand; and when one is sworn as a witness, he is required to lay his right hand on the Bible, or to hold it up.
     3. Hand is also the name of a measure of length used in ascertaining the height of horses. It is four inches long. See Measure: Ell.
     4. In a figurative sense, by hand is understood a particular form of writing; as if B writes a good hand. Various kinds of hand have been used, as, the secretary hand, the Roman hand, the court hand, &c. Wills and contracts may be written in any of these, or any other which is intelligible.

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These blocks were similar to those in Experiment 1, however, subjects responded to odd numbers (1, 3, 7, 9) in one block and to even numbers (2, 4, 6, 9) in the other block by pressing the space-bar with their preferred hand. Each block was divided into four sub-blocks with 48 trials each (3 times the 16 possible combinations of type of cue and target number).
We used the time needed to finish the task with the preferred hand as indicator of motor coordination (Grandjean et al.
Hence, older adults in particular are more likely than younger ones to experience injury (e.g., musculoskeletal disorders) or disease (e.g., stroke, arthritis) resulting in loss of function of the preferred hand. We wanted to examine the case of adaptation to use of the nonpreferred hand, particularly for older adults.
Generally, performance with the preferred hand is superior to that of the non-preferred hand.
The resident can order directly from MedDev's Preferred Hand Helper suppliers, thereby avoiding billing and reimbursement-related issues.
A final speculation is that readiness to reach across the midline with the preferred hand might be an important aspect of laterality which is distinct from relative skill of the two sides.

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