- of or relating 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.
- (in direction or location) from front to back in the median plane or in a plane parallel to the median.
- pertaining to or resembling an arrow or arrowhead.
Origin of sagittal
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Examples from the Web for sagittal
Its position is well seen in a sagittal section, such as Fig. 117.The Origin of Vertebrates
Walter Holbrook Gaskell
One of the annular constrictions is constantly in the sagittal plane (separating the right and left halves of the shell).
In Tholospira also the second girdle is complete, and the spiral growth begins from the third or sagittal girdle.
A sagittal septum sometimes becomes developed, beginning with two polar beams, rising from the poles of the principal axis.
Also in this second system the transverse girdle is first developed, secondly the lateral girdle, thirdly the sagittal girdle.
- resembling an arrow; straight
- of or relating to the sagittal suture
- situated in a plane parallel to the sagittal suture
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Word Origin and History for sagittal
"shaped like or resembling an arrow," 1540s, from Modern Latin sagittalis, from Latin sagitta "arrow" (see Sagittarius).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to the suture uniting the two parietal bones of the skull.
- Of or relating to the sagittal plane.
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