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n. pl. fo·ram·i·na (-răm′ə-nə) or fo·ra·mens
An opening or orifice, as in a bone or in the covering of the ovule of a plant.

[Latin forāmen, an opening, from forāre, to bore.]

fo·ram′i·nal (-răm′ə-nəl), fo·ram′i·nous (-nəs) adj.


n, pl -ramina (-ˈræmɪnə) or -ramens
(Anatomy) a natural hole, esp one in a bone through which nerves and blood vessels pass
[C17: from Latin, from forāre to bore, pierce]
foraminal adj


(fəˈreɪ mən)

n., pl. -ra•mens, -ram•i•na (-ˈræm ə nə)
a small opening, orifice, or perforation, as in a bone or in the ovule of a plant.
[1665–75; < Latin forāmen hole, opening =forā(re) to bore1, pierce + -men resultative n. suffix]
fo•ram•i•nal (fəˈræm ə nl) adj.


A hole in a bone or between two body cavities.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foramen - a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structureforamen - a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
foramen of Monro, interventricular foramen, Monro's foramen - the small opening (on both the right and left sides) that connects the third ventricle in the diencephalon with the lateral ventricle in the cerebral hemisphere
foramen magnum - the large opening at the base of the cranium through which the spinal cord passes
opening, gap - an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
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We report 4 new cases of chondrosarcoma of the temporal bone that were treated at our institution over a 20-year period, including 2 cases that were centered on the jugular foramen.
A three-dimensional stereotactic radiosurgery plan was created targeting the glossopharyngeal nerve at the glossopharyngeal meatus of the jugular foramen with a single shot with the 4 mm collimator (Figure).
Imaging findings suggested meningocele in the right jugular foramen region.
Fine-needle aspiration cytology of jugular foramen meningioma presenting as parapharyngeal mass.
Tegmen tympani, jugular foramen as well as condylar fossa and lateral semi-circular wall dehiscence were noted.
1-3) Persistent headache is the cardinal symptom with hoarseness and aspiration secondary to vocal cord palsy, an accompaniment of a severe inflammatory process in the jugular foramen.
Abstract: Glomus jugulare tumors are rare, normally benign, paragangliomas located in and around the jugular foramen at the base of the skull.
Computed tomography (CT) with contrast demonstrated a giant jugular foramen tumor that extended from the right cerebellopontine angle to the level of the hyoid bone (figure 2).
Non-pseudomonal malignant otitis externa and jugular foramen syndrome secondary to cyclosporin-induced hypertrichosis in a diabetic renal transplant patient.
Involvement of the jugular foramen may result in Collet-Sicard syndrome.
Only if there is jugular foramen involvement or if a clival meningioma (typically vascular) is suspected would an angiogram be of benefit.
One case of facial nerve paralysis as a result of a large CMF within the petrous apex has been reported; that tumor extended into the posterior fossa and the jugular foramen.