saltatory

adjective sal·ta·to·ry \ ˈsal-tə-ˌtȯr-ē , ˈsȯl- \

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

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Medical Dictionary

saltatory

adjective sal·ta·to·ry \ ˈsal-tə-ˌtōr-ē , ˈsȯl- , -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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