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fo·ra·men

 (fə-rā′mən)
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.

foramen

(fɒˈreɪmɛn)
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

fo•ra•men

(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.

foramen

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"
References in periodicals archive ?
The skull, known as Xujiayao 11, has an unusual perforation through the top of the brain case-an enlarged parietal foramen (EPF) or "hole in the skull"-that is consistent with modern humans diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation in the homeobox genes ALX4 on chromosome 11 and MSX2 on chromosome 5.
They found that the skull had a perforation known as an "enlarged parietal foramen," or EPF, running along the top of the brain case.
0059587) "An Enlarged Parietal Foramen in the Late Archaic Xujiayao 11 Neurocranium from Northern China, and Rare Anomalies among Pleistocene