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[sal-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsæl təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
pertaining to or adapted for saltation.
proceeding by abrupt movements.
Origin of saltatory
1615-25; < Latin saltātōrius, equivalent to saltā(re) to dance + -tōrius -tory1
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unsaltatory, adjective Unabridged
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  • Nature hates calculators; her methods are saltatory and impulsive.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • He shifts himself from one foot to another with a saltatory briskness.

    The Albany Depot W. D. Howells
  • Professor Spencer wonders why these creatures are saltatory in habit.

  • This avowal preceded his saltatory approach to Roman Catholicism.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • In most cases of “saltatory evolution,” the suddenness is in appearance only.

    The Arena Various
  • They are there, in a sentence, as the shaven critics of a saltatory world.

  • Castro began to parade round me: it was as if he were a cock performing its saltatory rites before attacking.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • A dance is generally a grand affair with the native, combining as it does dress with dramatic and saltatory exhibitions.

  • He believed in saltatory evolution, in polyphyletic descent, and in the greater plasticity of the organism in earlier times.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • The word dance does not well designate the ceremonies, as they are in general more histrionic than saltatory.

saltatory in Medicine

saltatory sal·ta·to·ry (sāl'tə-tôr'ē, sôl'-)

  1. Of, relating to, or adapted for leaping or dancing.

  2. Proceeding by leaps rather than by smooth, gradual transitions.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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