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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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The branches derived from these structures provide nerve and vascular supply to the lower teeth and adjacent structures; a terminal branch leaves the canal through the mental foramen emerging as the mental nerve (Claeys & Wackens, 2005).
Objective: This study aimed to morphologically investigate the types of position, variation, and asymmetry of the mental foramen.
37), and the left height of the mandibular body at the mental foramen (75.
This complication can occur if mental foramen and anterior mental loop of mental nerve are not properly identified and protected.
There was mandibular hypoplasia with narrow right condylar process, deepening of the right sigmoid notch, pseudoelongation of the ipsilateral condylar neck, thinner ramus and body, widened inferior alveolar canal, and enlarged mental foramen.
Robertson9 and colleagues suggested BI of articaine might be due to penetration of solution through mental foramen leading to higher success rate in premolars and 1st molar.
The buccal approach may jeopardize the mental nerve emerging from mental foramen and the apices of the adjacent teeth.
The mental foramen is present in the dentary bone below the anterior portion of m1.
On extra-oral examination he had an obvious soft tissue swelling emanating from his parotid, and extending buccally towards the mental foramen.
Its larger terminal branch emerges from the mental foramen as the mental nerve and innervates the skin of the chin and the lower lip, while the smaller incisive branch supplies the canine and incisor teeth.
Measurements were performed on face skin, at mental foramen projection.