sag·​it·​tal | \ ˈsa-jə-tᵊl How to pronounce sagittal (audio) \

Definition of sagittal

1 : of or relating to the suture between the parietal bones of the skull
2 : of, relating to, situated in, or being the median plane of the body or any plane parallel to it

Other Words from sagittal

sagittally \ ˈsa-​jə-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce sagittal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of sagittal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This can done by adding in a curtsy lunge—an advanced variation of reverse lunge that requires you to cross your leg across your body's midline, breaking that sagittal plane. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 9 May 2022 Like the lateral sling stretch, this is a solid warmup movement because most strength movements occur in the sagittal plane. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 28 Apr. 2022 Most of us spend a lot of time in the sagittal plane both in everyday life and also in our workouts. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 12 Mar. 2022 Lots of us tend to live in the sagittal plane of motion, which involves forward and backward movement, or the flexing or extending of joints, like in a squat. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 12 Feb. 2022 But the most important one for boot fitting is the sagittal plane: the forward flexion of your ankle joint. Anna Fiorentino, Outside Online, 8 Feb. 2022 Distance running mostly takes place in what’s called the sagittal plane. Jon-erik Kawamoto, Outside Online, 11 Mar. 2020 Many of us tend to work primarily in the sagittal plane, which involves frontward and backward movements. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 4 Dec. 2021 Hinge joints operate in one plane of motion—the sagittal plane—allowing back-and-forth movement like flexion (curling a dumbbell) and extension (like straightening your leg out in front of you while seated). Elizabeth Millard, SELF, 1 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sagittal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sagittal

Middle English sagittale, from Medieval Latin sagittalis, from Latin sagitta arrow

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sag·​it·​tal | \ ˈsaj-ət-ᵊl How to pronounce sagittal (audio) \

Medical Definition of sagittal

1 : of, relating to, or being the sagittal suture of the skull
2 : of, relating to, situated in, or being the median plane of the body or any plane parallel to it a sagittal section dividing the body into unequal right and left parts

Other Words from sagittal

sagittally adverb


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