[ lon-ji-tood-n-l, -tyood- ]
/ ˌlɒn dʒɪˈtud n l, -ˈtyud- /
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of or relating to longitude or length: longitudinal measurement.
extending in the direction of the length of a thing; running lengthwise: a thin, longitudinal stripe.
Zoology. pertaining to or extending along the long axis of the body, or the direction from front to back, or head to tail.
pertaining to a research design or survey in which the same subjects are observed repeatedly over a period of time.


a longitudinal framing member, as in the hull of a ship.



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Origin of longitudinal

1535–45; <Latin longitūdin- (stem of longitūdō; see longitude) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM longitudinal

lon·gi·tu·di·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for longitudinal

/ (ˌlɒndʒɪˈtjuːdɪnəl, ˌlɒŋɡ-) /


of or relating to longitude or length
placed or extended lengthwaysCompare transverse (def. 1)
psychol (of a study of behaviour) carried on over a protracted period of time

Derived forms of longitudinal

longitudinally, adverb
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Medical definitions for longitudinal

[ lŏn′jĭ-tōōdn-əl ]


Running in the direction of the long axis of the body or any of its parts.
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