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

  • adj. Of or relating to segments.
  • adj. Divided or organized into segments.
  • adj. Architecture Of or being an arch whose profile constitutes a segment of a circle with its center below the springing line.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, or constructed from segments

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to, or being, a segment.
  • adj.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the segments of animals
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the segmental organs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the form of the segment of a circle; being a segment: as, a segmental arch.
  • Of or pertaining to segments or segmentation: as, a segmental formula; segmental parts; segmental organs.
  • Specifically, in embryology, noting the primitive and rudimentary renal organs which occur in all vertebrates and some invertebrates, consisting in the former of branched tubules opening at one end into the somatic cavity and at the other by one or more main ducts into the cloaca or hindgut.

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

  • adj. having the body divided into successive metameres or segments, as in earthworms or lobsters
  • adj. divided or organized into speech segments or isolable speech sounds


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  • CNVs in humans and chimpanzees often occur in equivalent genomic locations: most lie in regions of the genomes, called segmental duplications, that are particularly 'fragile'.


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  • However, the very few students I had also seemed to have benefitted from CR of manner and place of articulation as well as supra-segmental features.

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  • End-stage renal (kidney) disease: Patients may develop renal failure, often in association with a condition known as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.

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  • He's passionate about the job, moving his young family from job to job, building segmental bridges in Massachusetts, Maine and Tacoma, Wash.

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