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

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

Examples of sagittal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gluteus maximus exercises, on the other hand, work primarily in the sagittal plane of movement. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "These Hip Abductor Exercises Will Seriously Work Your Side Butt," 12 Sep. 2020 To work the sagittal plane, drive your hips forward and bring your hands overhead. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "These U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Drills Could Work for You, Too," 5 Sep. 2020 There are four main types of craniosynostosis, all of which depend on what sutures join together too soon, per the CDC: sagittal, coronal, lambdoid, and metopic. Maggie O'neill,, "Teddi Mellencamp Reveals Her 4-Month-Old Daughter Dove Has Lambdoid Craniosynostosis—Here's What to Know," 6 July 2020 Try this total-body couch workout to get your body moving through all three planes of motion: sagittal (forward/backward), frontal (side to side) and transverse (rotating), as well as fundamental movements: squat, hinge, push and pull. Dana Santas, CNN, "Try this couch workout and feel better about binge-watching TV," 1 May 2020 The workout takes your body through all planes of motion: sagittal (forward/backward), frontal (side to side) and transverse (rotating), as well as fundamental movements like squat, hinge, push and pull. Dana Santas, CNN, "Five household items you can use to work out your whole body," 24 Apr. 2020 Because of its distinct sagittal crest, which served as an anchor for strong cheek muscles, the researchers reasoned the skull belonged to a Paranthropus, similar to Orpheus and Eurydice discovered nearly 25 years earlier. New York Times, "Skull Fossils in Cave Show Mix of Human Relatives Roamed South Africa," 2 Apr. 2020 Whenever new brains arrive here at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, delivered via private courier, the specimens are promptly photographed, weighed, and cleaved in half, down the sagittal plane. Alex Prewitt,, "Hockey Players Are the Next Frontier in Head Trauma Research," 7 May 2018 Leah Becerra and Bryan Lowry The Kansas City Star Davis’ daughter, Caroline, 7, was born with sagittal craniosynostosis, a condition in which an infant’s skull fuses prematurely before the brain is fully formed. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Paul Davis says Congress should disclose names of members who settle harassment cases," 13 Dec. 2017

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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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