ros·​tral | \ ˈrä-strəl How to pronounce rostral (audio) also ˈrȯ- How to pronounce rostral (audio) \

Definition of rostral

1 : of or relating to a rostrum
2 : situated toward the oral or nasal region: such as
a of a part of the spinal cord : superior sense 6a
b of a part of the brain : anterior, ventral

Other Words from rostral

rostrally \ ˈrä-​strə-​lē How to pronounce rostral (audio) also  ˈrȯ-​ \ adverb

Examples of rostral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That area is called the rostral dorsal medulla and essentially relays sensory information from the spinal cord to the brain. Sara Lindberg, SELF, 7 Jan. 2022 Initial exams measure the fish’s rostrum and overall length, check for parasites, inspect rostral teeth to note any that are missing or damaged, and document any scars or injuries. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 13 Dec. 2019 These are the rostral anterior cingulate cortex and the periaqueductal gray, which are involved in higher-level functioning and pain, respectively. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 9 Oct. 2017 Foffa, D., Sassoon, J., Cuff, A. R., Mavrogordato, M. N. & Benton, M. J. 2014. Complex rostral neurovascular system in a giant pliosaur. Darren Naish, Scientific American Blog Network, 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of rostral

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rostral

New Latin rostralis, from Latin rostrum

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ros·​tral | \ ˈräs-trəl also ˈrȯs- \

Medical Definition of rostral

1 : of or relating to a rostrum
2 : situated toward the oral or nasal region: as
a of a part of the spinal cord : superior sense 1
b of a part of the brain : anterior or ventral the rostral pons

Other Words from rostral

rostrally \ -​ē How to pronounce rostral (audio) \ adverb


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