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Situated or occurring near the front end of the body, especially in the region of the nose and mouth or (in an embryo) near the hypophyseal region:‘the rostral portion of the brain’
- ‘Some muscles are more effective in the rostral airway, whereas others exert their greatest effect in more caudal regions.’
- ‘The surgeon makes a pair of additional lesions 10 mm to 15 mm rostral and caudal to the first at each ganglion site to destroy the entire fusiform ganglion.’
- ‘There may also be stimuli that originate from a region of the brain rostral to the pons and medulla (possibly the hypothalamus and motor cortex) and operate independently of the other stimuli.’
- ‘The typical somatic nerve fibers in the striated muscle at the rostral end of the organ terminate in motor end plates.’
- ‘A peristaltic contraction, a single front of contraction moving smoothly from the rostral end of the esophagus to the stomach, always follows a swallow.’
Of or on the rostrum:‘in these snakes the rostral shield is enlarged and flattened’
Early 19th century: from rostrum + -al.
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