saltatory

adjective
sal·​ta·​to·​ry | \ ˈsal-tə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce saltatory (audio) , ˈsȯl- How to pronounce saltatory (audio) \

Definition of saltatory

1 archaic : of or relating to dancing
2 : proceeding by leaps rather than by gradual transitions : discontinuous

First Known Use of saltatory

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Saltatory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saltatory. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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saltatory

adjective
sal·​ta·​to·​ry | \ ˈsal-tə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce saltatory (audio) , ˈsȯl- How to pronounce saltatory (audio) , -ˌtȯr- \

Medical Definition of saltatory

: proceeding by leaps rather than by gradual transitions saltatory conduction of impulses in myelinated nerve fibers

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