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saltation

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noun sal·ta·tion \sal-ˈtā-shən, sȯl-\

Definition of saltation

  1. 1a :  the action or process of leaping or jumpingb :  dance

  2. 2a :  the origin of a new species or a higher taxon in essentially a single evolutionary step that in some especially former theories is held to be due to a major mutation or to unknown causes — compare darwinism, neo-darwinism, punctuated equilibriumb :  mutation —used especially of bacteria and fungi



Origin of saltation

Latin saltation-, saltatio, from saltare to leap, dance, frequentative of salire to leap — more at sally


First Known Use: 1646


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saltation

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noun sal·ta·tion \sal-ˈtā-shən, sȯl-\

Medical Definition of saltation

  1. 1:  the origin of a new species or a higher taxon in essentially a single evolutionary step that in some especially former theories is held to be due to macromutation

  2. 2:  mutation—used especially of bacteria and fungi




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