[ sal-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈsæl təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


pertaining to or adapted for saltation.
proceeding by abrupt movements.

Nearby words

  1. saltarello,
  2. saltation,
  3. saltationism,
  4. saltato,
  5. saltatorial,
  6. saltatory conduction,
  7. saltatory evolution,
  8. saltatory spasm,
  9. saltbox,
  10. saltbush

Origin of saltatory

1615–25; < Latin saltātōrius, equivalent to saltā(re) to dance + -tōrius -tory1

Related formsun·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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