sagittal

adjective
sag·​it·​tal | \ˈsa-jə-tᵊl \

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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Other Words from sagittal

sagittally \ ˈsa-​jə-​tᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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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, SI.com, "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 Paul Davis' daughter was born with sagittal craniosynostosis. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Paul Davis says Congress should disclose names of members who settle harassment cases," 13 Dec. 2017 Then, in the riskiest part of the process, surgeons separated the sagittal sinus, an area beneath the brain that allows blood to drain outward from the center of the head. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Twin girls joined at heads separated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia," 13 June 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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sagittal

adjective
sag·​it·​tal | \ˈsaj-ət-ᵊl \

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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