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n. pl. cal·var·i·ums or cal·var·i·a (-ē-ə)
The upper domelike portion of the skull without the lower jaw or the lower jaw and the facial parts.

[Latin calvāria, skull, from calva, from calvus, bald.]


(Zoology) the top part of the skull of vertebrates. Nontechnical name: skullcap
[C14: from Late Latin: (human) skull, from Latin calvus bald]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calvaria - the dome of the skull
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
braincase, brainpan, cranium - the part of the skull that encloses the brain
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It has also consistently shown in rat calvaria to stimulate DNA synthesis and bone collagen synthesis.
The patient was admitted with unhealthy scar tissue on left calvaria with underlying bone with discharging sinus.
Effect of chromium on vertebrae, femur and calvaria of adult male rats.
maxima potently stimulated osteoblastic differentiation and mineralization of MC3T3-E1 preosteoblast cells from mouse calvaria compared both with normal mineralizing medium and dexamethasone (Rousseau et al.
One possible delineation is that if the specimen has been deliberately modified after the death of the individual, such as the removal of the calvaria from two skulls and their formation into a drum, these should be considered 'objects', rather than 'human remains'.
Bi-parietal diameter and head circumference were measured in the axial plane having smooth and bilaterally symmetrical calvaria and where the midline echo in the anterior third was broken by the cavum septi pellucidi with symmetrical appearance of both thalami.
Intentional cutmarks on an early Mesolithic human calvaria from Margaux Cave (Dinant, Belgium).
Oligodendrogliomas are usually peripherally located and may appear cortically based with gyriform calcifications and adjacent changes in the calvaria.
Human gingival and periodontal fibroblasts (hGF and hPDL), human root derived cell (hRDC), and rat calvaria bone cell (rCalB) were cultured on the GRGD-fixed by ultraviolet light photochemical method on the chitosan membrane.
989/2012, issued by the Federal Council of Medicine, set the criteria for the therapeutic early delivery of anencephalic fetuses: 'two identified and dated photographs, one with the fetus' face in saggital position, and the other showing the cephalic pole in a transversal cut, demonstrating the absence of calvaria and identifiable cerebral parenchyma; report signed by two physicians enabled for such diagnosis' (16).
The review "Two poets called Borges" by Babych ("[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]") presents a critical analysis of the poetry translations published in 2010 by the Calvaria publishing house.