[ 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

Related forms

un·sal·ta·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for saltatory


[ săltə-tôr′ē, sôl- ]


Of, relating to, or adapted for leaping or dancing.
Proceeding by leaps rather than by smooth, gradual transitions.

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