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brain·case

also brain case  (brān′kās′)
n.
The part of the skull that encloses the brain. Also called brainpan.

braincase

(ˈbreɪnˌkeɪs)
n
the part of the cranium that protects the brain

cra•ni•um

(ˈkreɪ ni əm)

n., pl. -ni•ums, -ni•a (-ni ə)
1. the skull of a vertebrate.
2. Also called braincase. the part of the skull that encloses the brain.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin crānium < Greek krāníon skull]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.braincase - the part of the skull that encloses the brainbraincase - the part of the skull that encloses the brain
asterion - the craniometric point at the junction of the lamboid suture and the occipitomastoid suture and the parietomastoid suture
stephanion - the craniometric point on the coronal suture above the acoustic meatus
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
ethmoid, ethmoid bone - one of the eight bones of the cranium; a small bone filled with air spaces that forms part of the eye sockets and the nasal cavity
os temporale, temporal bone - a thick bone forming the side of the human cranium and encasing the inner ear
skull - the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates
calvaria, skullcap - the dome of the skull
frontal bone, os frontale, forehead - the large cranial bone forming the front part of the cranium: includes the upper part of the orbits
parietal bone - either of two skull bones between the frontal and occipital bones and forming the top and sides of the cranium
occipital bone - a saucer-shaped membrane bone that forms the back of the skull
coronal suture, sutura coronalis - the suture between the parietal and frontal bones of the skull
frontal suture, sutura frontalis - the suture between two halves of the frontal bone (usually obliterated by the age of 6)
lamboid suture, sutura lamboidea - the suture between the occipital and parietal bones
occipitomastoid suture - the suture between the occipital and the temporal bones; a continuation of the lamboid suture
parietomastoid suture - the suture between the parietal and the temporal bones
interparietal suture, sagittal suture, sutura sagittalis - the suture uniting the two parietal bones
fontanel, fontanelle, soft spot - any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
foramen magnum - the large opening at the base of the cranium through which the spinal cord passes
Translations

brain·case

n. cráneo, parte que encierra el cerebro.
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Skull Structure: The skeleton of Homo habilis in structure has a great resemblance with the Australopithecus but the fundamental difference between the two is the trend towards larger brain case, which is the prime qualification of human generation.
None of the skulls have a hefty brain case like that of a proper Neandertal, which means that the big brains of Neandertals and the big brains of humans evolved independently, says Hublin.
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SS: There used to be a Troodon brain case in your office at the Royal Tyrrell Museum 16-17 years back, the case highlighting the fact that Troodon was much smarter than the average dinosaur.
One of the big problems with the skull 1470 was that, yes it is remarkably complete with the whole brain case there and a good part of the face, but it doesn't have teeth and it doesn't have a lower jaw with it," said Spoor.
The team tested whether certain parts of the skull -- the face, the cranial base and the skull vault or brain case -- changed independently, as anthropologists have always believed, or were in some way linked.
lachrymans, so that the distance between it and the outer face equals or exceeds that between the primary keels; female hornless; weak temporal crests in female; parietal more reduced; brain case shorter; occipital concave in the vertical plane; condyles larger and projecting more to the rear; basioccipital shallower, with gently rounded surface, more triangular on account of the greater expansion of the posterior tuberosities (Pilgrim, 1939).
The Little Lady is only three feet tall with a correspondingly small brain case.