Sagittal

Definition

adjective

(general) Of or pertaining to an arrow or arrow-like appendage; resembling an arrow or arrowhead.

(anatomy)

(1) Of or relating to the vertical or sagittal plane, a plane traversing the direction from top to bottom, resulting in the formation of left and right portions.

(2) Of or pertaining to the suture between the parietal bones of the skull cap.

(3) Of or pertaining to a venous canal within the skull, parallel to the suture.


Supplement

Word origin: from the Latin word sagitta, meaning arrow.

Related forms: sagittally (adverb).
Related terms: sagittal plane, sagittal section, sagittal groove, sagittal sutures, sagittal axis, parasagittal.


Synonym: rabdoidal.
Compare: transverse, coronal.


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