cheiro-, cheir-, chiro-, chir-, -cheiria, -chiria +

(Greek: hand; pertaining to the hand or hands)

heterochiral, heterocheiral
1. An identical form but with lateral inversion, as the right and left hands; opposite of homochiral.
2. Reversed as regards right and left, but otherwise the same in form and size, such as the hands.
3. Relating to or a reference to the other hand.
homocheiral, homochiral
Homochirality is a term used to refer to a group of molecules that possess the same sense of chirality.

Molecules involved are not necessarily the same compound, but similar groups are arranged in the same way around a central atom. In biology homochirality is found inside living organisms.

A reference to hands that are identical in form and turned in the same direction, as two right or two left hands
macrocheiria, macrochiria
Abnormally large hands.
A division of birds including the swifts and humming birds; so called because of the length of the distal (remote) part of the wing.
Pertaining to medicine and surgery.
megacheiropteran, megacheiropterous
A reference to the group Megacheiroptera or fruit-eating bats.
Fruit bats.
megalocheiria, megalochiria
Abnormally large hands.
megalocheirous, megalochirous
Having large hands or large tentacles.
microcheiria, microchiria
Excessive smallness of the hands.
Most of the bats in the world; all bats except fruit bats; insectivorous bats.

Most microbats feed on insects. Some of the larger species hunt birds, lizards, frogs or even fish. Microbats that feed on the blood of large mammals (vampire bats) exist in South America.

  1. Microbats use echolocation, whereas megabats do not.
  2. Microbats lack the claw at the second toe of the forelimb.
  3. The ears of microbats don't form a closed ring, but the edges are separated from each other at the base of the ear.
  4. Microbats lack the underfur; they have only guard hairs or are naked.
pneumocheirurgia pneumochirurgia
Lung surgery.
polycheiria, polychiria
Having more than two hands.
A murder that is disguised as a suicide.