pertaining to saltation.
Zoology. characterized by or adapted for leaping.
(biology) specialized for or characterized by jumping: the saltatorial legs of a grasshopper
of or relating to saltation
adjective 1. pertaining to or adapted for saltation. 2. proceeding by abrupt movements. saltatory sal·ta·to·ry (sāl’tə-tôr’ē, sôl’-) adj. Of, relating to, or adapted for leaping or dancing. Proceeding by leaps rather than by smooth, gradual transitions.
- Saltatory conduction
saltatory conduction n. A form of nerve impulse conduction in which the impulse jumps from one Ranvier’s node to the next, rather than traveling the entire length of the nerve fiber.
- Saltatory evolution
saltatory evolution n. The theory that the evolution of a new species from an older one may occur as a large jump, such as a major repatterning of chromosomes, rather than by gradual accumulation of small steps or mutations.
- Saltatory spasm
saltatory spasm n. A spasmodic affliction of the muscles of the lower extremities that causes a person to appear to jump when standing. Also called static convulsion.