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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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Study on the location of mandibular foramen and the measurement of sigmoid notch and ramus.
The RW was measured as the distance between the posterior and anterior borders of the ramus on the line that was perpendicular to the ramus tangent which passes through the points that corresponds to the middle of the inferior border of the mandibular foramen (Figure 2) (15).
Hall first achieved neuroregional anesthesia in the mandible by injecting a solution of cocaine in the vicinity of the mandibular foramen.1
Panoramic curve was determined by indicating the center of the MC, from mandibular foramen to mental foramen on both sides, to derive maximum buccolingual size of MC on ideal panoramic view.
Morphometric study on mandibular foramen and incidence of accessory mandibular foramen in mandibles of south Indian population and its clinical implications in inferior alveolar nerve block.
The IVRO method which bone cuts are continued from superior to the sigmoid notch, behind the mandibular foramen, and inferior to the gonial angle.
He also found a positive intertrait relationship between presence of RMF and presence of accessory mandibular foramen & mental foramen.
The muscle fibers laterally surrounding the coronoid process were inserted at the rostral and lateral edges of the ramus of the mandible while the muscle fibers medially surrounding the coronoid process ended at the ventral part of the mandibular foramen situated in the medial side of the ramus of the mandible.
Together with the inferior alveolar artery and vein, it enters the mandible via the mandibular foramen and runs an intraosseous course within the mandibular canal before dividing into two smaller branches, namely, the mental and the incisive nerves.
The region of the bone between the neck of the mandible and a hori-zontal line in the ramus of mandible just above the mandibular foramen was removed carefully to ex-pose the pterygomandibular space.
Morphologic basis for the intraoral vertical ramus osteotomy: anatomic and radiographic localization of the mandibular foramen. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2002; 60: 660-665.