A vertical plane passing through the body which divides it into left and right sides.
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Resembling an arrow; in the line of an arrow shot from a bow, i.e., in an anteroposterior direction; referring to a s. plane or direction. SYN: sagittalis [TA]. [L. sagitta, an arrow]

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sag·it·tal 'saj-ət-əl adj
1) of, relating to, or being the sagittal suture of the skull
2) of, relating to, situated in, or being the median plane of the body or any plane parallel to it <a \sagittal section dividing the body into unequal right and left parts>
sag·it·tal·ly adv

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describing the dorsoventral plane that extends down the long axis of the body, dividing it into right and left halves.

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sag·it·tal (sajґĭ-təl) [L. sagittalis; sagitta arrow] 1. shaped like or resembling an arrow; straight. 2. situated in the plane of the sagittal suture or parallel to it; said of an anteroposterior plane or section parallel to the median plane of the body.

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  • sagittal — sagittal, ale, aux [ saʒital, o ] adj. • 1534; du lat. sagitta « flèche » ♦ Didact. En forme de flèche. Qui contient des flèches, des graphes. Diagramme sagittal. Plan sagittal : plan vertical, perpendiculaire au plan vu de face. Le plan sagittal …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Sagittal — Sag it*tal, a. [L. sagitta an arrow: cf. F. sagittal.] 1. Of or pertaining to an arrow; resembling an arrow; furnished with an arrowlike appendage. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) (a) Of or pertaining to the sagittal suture; in the region of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sagittal — (v. lat. sagitta „Pfeil“) steht für: Sagittalebene, Richtungsbezeichnung in der Anatomie Sagittallaut in der Phonetik Sagittal Komponente die Komponente in Richtung des Radius bei Darstellungen in Polarkoordinaten Meridionalebene,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sagittal — sagittal, ale (sa ji ttal, tta l ) adj. 1°   Terme de botanique. Qui porte des espèces de flèches. 2°   Terme d anatomie. Qui ressemble à une flèche.    Suture sagittale, suture du crâne qui, unissant les deux pariétaux, s étend d avant en… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • sagittal — 1540s, from Mod.L. sagittalis, from L. sagitta “arrow” (see SAGITTARIUS (Cf. Sagittarius)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sagittal — [saj′it l] adj. [ModL sagittalis < L sagitta, arrow] 1. of or like an arrow or arrowhead 2. Anat. a) designating or of the suture between the two parietal bones along the length of the skull b) designating, of, or in the longitudinal plane of… …   English World dictionary

  • Sagittal — Système de référence en anatomie Les trois principaux plans de l anatomie des vertébrés : sagittal, transverse et frontal. Un système de référence en anatomie, désigne la terminologie utilisée pour se repérer de façon précise dans la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sagittal — sagitta lateinischer Singular für Pfeil. Plural sagittae Sagitta (1885), war der erste deutsche Fischdampfer. Sagitta (1958), war der weltweit erste Heckfänger mit Gasturbinenantrieb. sagittal steht für: Sagittalebene, Richtungsbezeichnung in der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sagittal — pfeilwärts * * * sa|git|tal 〈Adj.; bes. Biol.〉 parallel zur Mittelachse ● sagittale Strahlen 〈Opt.〉 Strahlenbüschel, das im Umfang eines Kreises mit der opt. Achse als Mittelpunkt liegt [zu lat. sagitta „Pfeil“] * * * sagittal   [zu lateinisch… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • sagittal — adjective Etymology: Middle English sagittale, from Medieval Latin sagittalis, from Latin sagitta arrow Date: 14th century 1. of or relating to the suture between the parietal bones of the skull 2. of, relating to, situated in, or being the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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