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sagittal

Line breaks: sa¦git|tal
Pronunciation: /ˈsadʒɪt(ə)l
 
, səˈdʒɪ-/
Anatomy

Definition of sagittal in English:

adjective

1Relating to or denoting the suture on top of the skull which runs between the parietal bones in a front to back direction.
Example sentences
  • The neurosurgeon reduces the occipital protuberance by securing the central sagittal strip to the occipital bones using nonabsorbable sutures or 28-g surgical steel wire.
  • The sagittal suture extends midline along the vertex of the cranium from the anterior coronal suture line to the posterior lambdoidal suture line.
  • A computed tomographic scan of the head demonstrated a superior sagittal sinus thrombosis and bilateral hemorrhagic infarcts of the parietal lobes.
2Of or in a plane parallel to the sagittal suture, especially that dividing the body into left and right halves: sagittal and transverse sections
More example sentences
  • Most of the LHM in salamanders is located ventral to the vertebral centra, and therefore will tend to bend the body in the sagittal plane.
  • Teach the client to reach away from the body in the sagittal plane and lengthen the spine.
  • In addition, the inclination of fibers relative to the sagittal and transverse planes was lower than in wild type fish.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin sagittalis, from Latin sagitta 'arrow'.

Derivatives

sagittally

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • That of Ischyrotoma is more or less tab-shaped, not markedly longer sagittally, and has an essentially flat ventral profile.
  • The trachea has a maximum transverse diameter of 16 mm, while sagittally, the trachea is narrower, having a maximal diameter of 14 mm.
  • An extensive sheet of sagittally running fibers extends posteriorly and includes fibers of the posterior thalamic peduncle, anterior commissure, and optic radiation.

Words that rhyme with sagittal

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