Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

sacral1

[sey-kruh l, sak-ruh l]
See more synonyms for sacral on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. of or relating to sacred rites or observances.
Show More

Origin of sacral1

1880–85; < Latin sacr(um) sacred thing + -al1

sacral2

[sey-kruh l, sak-ruh l]
adjective
  1. of or relating to the sacrum.
Show More

Origin of sacral2

1760–70; < New Latin sacrālis; see sacrum, -al1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sacral

Historical Examples

  • And there is immediate response from the sacral ganglion in some male.

    Fantasia of the Unconscious

    D. H. Lawrence

  • Sacral harlotry was a substitute for the child sacrifice of females.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

  • I may dismiss the other branches of the sacral plexus in a few words.

  • The Sacral ribs have been described in connection with the sacral vertebrae.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • In most Edentata there is an extensive fusion of vertebrae in the sacral region.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for sacral

sacral1

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or associated with sacred rites
Show More

Word Origin

C19: from Latin sacrum sacred object

sacral2

adjective
  1. of or relating to the sacrum
Show More

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin sacrālis of the sacrum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sacral

adj.

1767, in anatomy, "of or pertaining to the sacrum, from Modern Latin sacralis. In anthropology, "pertaining to religious rites," 1882, from Latin sacrum "sacred thing, rite" (see sacred). Related: sacralization.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sacral in Medicine

sacral

(sākrəl)
adj.
  1. In the region of or relating to the sacrum.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.