from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the suture uniting the two parietal bones of the skull.
  • adj. Of or relating to the sagittal plane.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In the direction from dorsal to ventral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an arrow; resembling an arrow; furnished with an arrowlike appendage.
  • adj.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the sagittal suture; in the region of the sagittal suture; rabdoidal.
  • adj. In the mesial plane; mesial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shaped like or resembling an arrow or an arrow-head. Specifically
  • In anatomy: Pertaining to the sagittal suture.
  • Lying in or parallel to the plane of that suture: in this sense opposed to coronal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. located in a plane that is parallel to the central plane of the sagittal suture


New Latin sagittālis, from Latin sagitta, arrow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin sagittālis, from sagitta ("arrow"). (Wiktionary)


  • GUPTA: One goal of today's surgery, to sift through the complicated and web-like connections remaining between Carl and Clarence's veins and assign the largest one, called the sagittal sinus, to Clarence, the twins 'separation hinging on how well swelling and blood loss are controlled.

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  • The biggest concern is separating a vein called the sagittal sinus, the is a major blood supply drainage funnel between their two brains.

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  • The biggest concern is separating a vein called the sagittal sinus.

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  • Apart from being markedly smaller, females lacked a pronounced ridge, known as a sagittal crest, atop the cranial vault, a difference present in gorillas today.

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  • This plane will pass approximately through the sagittal suture of the skull, and hence any plane parallel to it is termed a sagittal plane.


  • The spine's normal curves occur at the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions in the so-called "sagittal" plane.


  • Sagittal craniosynostosis occurs when there is fusion of the sagittal suture, which runs from a spot at the front of the head to the back of the skull, resulting in a long, narrow skull with or without bulging of both the back and front of the head.

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  • A: The most common kind of synostosis is when the middle of the skull—the sagittal suture—is fused.

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  • Morgan tore the superior sagittal sinus, which is a big vein that drains the brain.

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  • The stimulus is a magnetic moment generated orthogonal to a circulating (chemo -) electrical current, or 'drift,' along the superior chiasm ( 'rift' between the brains) in the sagittal plane, so that the magnetic vector is 'positive'-going in the direction and axial from our right ear to our left ear -- where' positive 'is not denoting moral judgment, only a consistency of nomenclature by the righthand-thumb rule, for convenience.

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