- of or having to do with life in a college, esp. with rules (parietals) governing visiting in dormitories by members of the opposite sex
- Anat. of, pertaining to, or forming the walls of a cavity or hollow structure; esp., designating either of the two bones between the frontal and occipital bones, forming part of the top and sides of the skull
- Bot. attached to the wall of the ovary, as the placenta in some plants
Origin of parietalFrench pariétal from Late Latin parietalis from Classical Latin paries: see paries
- Relating to or forming the wall of a body part, organ, or cavity.
- Of or relating to either of the parietal bones.
- Botany Borne on the inside of the ovary wall. Used of the ovules or placentas in flowering plants.
- Dwelling within or having authority within the walls or buildings of a college.
- A parietal part, such as a wall or bone.
- parietals The rules governing the visiting privileges of members of the opposite sex in college or university dormitories.
Origin of parietalMiddle English from Late Latin parietālis of a wall from Latin pariēs pariet- wall
(comparative more parietal, superlative most parietal)
- Of or relating to the wall of a body part, organ or cavity.
- Hydrochloric acid is secreted by the parietal cells of the gastric glands, located on the wall of the fundus of the stomach.
- Of or relating to the parietal bones
- Of or relating to college living and, especially, its regulation.
- Attached to the main wall of the ovary, and not to the axis; said of a placenta.
From Latin parietÄlis, from pariÄ“s (“wall").