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[n. kawr-uh-nl, kor-; adj. kuh-rohn-l, kawr-uh-nl, kor-] /n. ˈkɔr ə nl, ˈkɒr-; adj. kəˈroʊn l, ˈkɔr ə nl, ˈkɒr-/
noun
1.
a crown; coronet.
2.
a garland.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to a coronal.
4.
Anatomy.
  1. of or pertaining to a corona.
  2. (of a plane along the long axis of the body) lying in the direction of the coronal suture.
  3. Also, frontal. lying in the direction of the frontal plane.
5.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tip of the tongue, especially in a retroflex position.
6.
Linguistics. (in distinctive feature analysis) articulated with the blade of the tongue raised; dental, alveolar, or palato-alveolar.
7.
of or pertaining to the tip of the tongue.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin corōnālis, equivalent to Latin corōn(a) crown + -ālis -al1
Related forms
coronaled; especially British, coronalled, adjective
coronally, adverb
noncoronal, adjective
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Examples from the web for coronal
  • For a time people speculated that the coronal emissions were due to coronium, a potential new element found only in the sun.
  • coronal holes are magnetically open regions on the sun that send out streams of high-speed charged particles.
  • Rather, it's filled with vaguely banana-shaped plasma structures known as coronal loops.
  • The point where the temporal line intersects the coronal suture.
British Dictionary definitions for coronal

coronal

noun (ˈkɒrənəl)
1.
(poetic) a circlet for the head; crown
2.
a wreath or garland
3.
(anatomy) short for coronal suture
adjective (kəˈrəʊnəl)
4.
of or relating to a corona or coronal
5.
(phonetics) a less common word for retroflex
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin corōnālis belonging to a crown
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Word Origin and History for coronal
adj.

1540s, "pertaining to a crown" (or, later, to one of the extended senses of Latin corona), from French coronal (16c.), from Latin coronalis, from corona (see crown (n.)).

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coronal in Medicine

coronal cor·o·nal (kôr'ə-nəl, kə-rō'nəl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to a corona, especially of the head.

  2. Of, relating to, or having the direction of the coronal suture or of the plane dividing the body into front and back portions.

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