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sacral

1
[sey-kruh l, sak-ruh l]
adjective
  1. of or relating to sacred rites or observances.
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Origin of sacral

1
1880–85; < Latin sacr(um) sacred thing + -al1

sacral

2
[sey-kruh l, sak-ruh l]
adjective
  1. of or relating to the sacrum.
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Origin of sacral

2
1760–70; < New Latin sacrālis; see sacrum, -al1
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Examples from the Web for sacral

Historical Examples of sacral

  • 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

sacral

1
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or associated with sacred rites
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Word Origin for sacral

C19: from Latin sacrum sacred object

sacral

2
adjective
  1. of or relating to the sacrum
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Word Origin for sacral

C18: from New Latin sacrālis of the sacrum
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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sacral in Medicine

sacral

(sākrəl)
adj.
  1. In the region of or relating to the sacrum.
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