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sagittal

[saj-i-tl] /ˈsædʒ ɪ tl/
adjective
1.
Anatomy.
  1. of or pertaining to the suture between the parietal bones at the roof of the skull or to a venous canal within the skull and parallel to this suture.
  2. (in direction or location) from front to back in the median plane or in a plane parallel to the median.
2.
pertaining to or resembling an arrow or arrowhead.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Neo-Latin sagittālis. See Sagitta, -al1
Related forms
sagittally, adverb
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  • The reticular formation has been functionally cleaved both sagittally and coronally.
British Dictionary definitions for sagittally

sagittal

/ˈsædʒɪtəl/
adjective
1.
resembling an arrow; straight
2.
of or relating to the sagittal suture
3.
situated in a plane parallel to the sagittal suture
Derived Forms
sagittally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sagittally

sagittal

adj.

"shaped like or resembling an arrow," 1540s, from Modern Latin sagittalis, from Latin sagitta "arrow" (see Sagittarius).

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sagittally in Medicine

sagittal sag·it·tal (sāj'ĭ-tl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the suture uniting the two parietal bones of the skull.

  2. Of or relating to the sagittal plane.

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