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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 Optiport, which is designed to navigate safely past the exiting nerve roots, also has the ability to perform a foraminoplasty increasing the size of the vertebral foramen while protecting the spinal nerve root during the procedure.
An axial CT scan of the C2 vertebra revealed an oblique fracture of the right pars interarticularis and extension into the left vertebral foramen (Figure 2).
It was lodged in the vertebral foramen after having traversed the vertebra through the vertebral pedicle (the bony wall that connects the vertebral body to the neural arch) from the right side [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 5 OMITTED].