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adjective (1)

sa·​cral ˈsa-krəl How to pronounce sacral (audio) ˈsā- How to pronounce sacral (audio)
: of, relating to, or lying near the sacrum
the sacral region of the spinal cord


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adjective (2)

sa·​cral ˈsā-krəl How to pronounce sacral (audio) ˈsa- How to pronounce sacral (audio)
: holy, sacred
sacral authority

Examples of sacral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
People with paraplegia can control their bladder through sacral nerve stimulation, facilitating communication between the bladder and brain. Caroline Barlott, Discover Magazine, 25 Feb. 2015 The DoubleBlind merch section has some kitschy items, like vials of sacral balancing oil (sold out), but the brand ethos, by and large, is more do-good than Day-Glo. New York Times, 20 July 2022 When Solomon uncovered the sacral platter there in the grimy pit of his backpack, what came to him—what flooded him—was an untamed surmise, though not without precedent: Mary Magdalene and St. Catherine had from the beginning been patronesses and intercessors for the friars. Cynthia Ozick, Harper’s Magazine , 10 Apr. 2023 When those fail to help, there is sacral neuromodulation (essentially a pacemaker for the bladder), PTNS (percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation) which are weekly treatments with an acupuncture needle hooked up to gentle electrical stimulation, or even Botox. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 19 Jan. 2022 The initiative has been solidified as part of the park’s programming, which includes weekly meditation and sound healing, yoga, and a complimentary sanación clinic that offers reiki, cupping, massages, smoke cleanse and cranial sacral healing on the first Tuesday of every month. Laura Rodríguez Presa, Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2022 Beyond the world of industrial engineering, tribology remains an almost sacral science: Most find the idea more theoretical than practical, especially given that the physics of surfaces is hard to describe or imagine. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, 20 Mar. 2023 Perhaps a robot can give you the round-brush blowout in the shampoo ad, but no metal fingers can relax you like a stylist, who turns a shampoo into a cranial sacral massage. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, 20 Oct. 2021 According to the Mayo and Cleveland Clinic, a sacral dimple is generally harmless, does not cause any health issues or require further treatment. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2018

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Word History


Adjective (2)

Latin sacr-, sacer — more at sacred

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1767, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sacral was in 1767

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Cite this Entry

“Sacral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or lying near the sacrum
the sacral region of the spinal cord


2 of 2 noun
: a sacral vertebra or sacral nerve
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