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 (săl′tə-tôr′ē, sôl′-)
1. Of, relating to, or adapted for leaping or dancing.
2. Proceeding by leaps rather than by smooth gradual transitions.


(ˈsæl təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

1. pertaining to or adapted for saltation.
2. proceeding by abrupt movements.
[1615–25; < Latin sal-tātōrius=saltā(re) to dance + -tōrius -tory1]
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10, 11) Given the crucial role of myelin in saltatory conduction of action potential, it is plausible that this mechanism is responsible for the slowing of nerve conduction velocity seen in entrapment neuropathy due to thinner myelin and decreased internodal length.
6] Myelinated axon can conduct up to 50 times faster than the fastest unmyelinated fiber owing to saltatory conduction.
As a neuroscientist, I am easily excited by the concept of the saltatory conduction of action potentials down a myelinated neuron.