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  1. Anatomy.
    1. 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.
    2. (in direction or location) from front to back in the median plane or in a plane parallel to the median.
  2. pertaining to or resembling an arrow or arrowhead.
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Origin of sagittal

From the New Latin word sagittālis, dating back to 1535–45. See Sagitta, -al1
Related formssag·it·tal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for sagittal

sharp, barbed, peaked, keen, acuminate, fine, cornered, acute, acicular, aciculate, cuspidate, mucronate, pointy, acuminous, piked, pronged, sagittal, sagittate

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British Dictionary definitions for sagittal


  1. resembling an arrow; straight
  2. of or relating to the sagittal suture
  3. situated in a plane parallel to the sagittal suture
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Derived Formssagittally, adverb
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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).

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sagittal in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the suture uniting the two parietal bones of the skull.
  2. Of or relating to the sagittal plane.
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