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Definition of "saltation" []

  • The act of leaping, jumping, or dancing. (noun)
  • Discontinuous movement, transition, or development; advancement by leaps. (noun)
  • Genetics A single mutation that drastically alters the phenotype. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "saltation" in a sentence
  • "One of the primary indications that the RNA signatures are, in fact, remnants of an evolutionary saltation is their discrete character."
  • "Alan Fox: If you are using "saltation" in its commonly understood meaning (with Goldschmidt as its premier proponent), I don't think you will find any current evolutionary biologist allowing it as a possibility."
  • "If you are using "saltation" in its commonly understood meaning (with Goldschmidt as its premier proponent), I don't think you will find any current evolutionary biologist allowing it as a possibility."