One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Botany. Designating a type of placentation in which ovules are attached to the inner wall of a unilocular compound ovary towards but not at the bottom; relating to or characteristic of such placentation. Compare "parietal". Now rare.
2Anatomy. Located under the parietal lobe (of the brain) or the parietal bone (of the skull).
3Surgery. Occurring or located beneath the abdominal wall or parietal peritoneum; specifically (of an injury) that does not penetrate the abdominal wall; resulting from non-penetrating trauma to the abdomen. Now rare.
Mid 19th century. From sub- + parietal.
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