Glossary of Medical Terms

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Lying or being across, or in a crosswise direction; athwart; often opposed to longitudinal. Transverse axis (of an ellipse or hyperbola), that axis which passes through the foci. Transverse partition, a partition, as of a pericarp, at right angles with the valves, as in the siliques of mustard. Origin: L. Transversus, p. P. Of transvertere to turn on direct across; trans across + vertere to turn: cf. F. Transverse. See Verse, and cf. Traverse. 1. Anything that is transverse or athwart. 2. The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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