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(Anatomy) informal the skull



the skull or cranium.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English]
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Noun1.brainpan - the part of the skull that encloses the brainbrainpan - 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
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The thing didn't have sufficient brainpan to entertain more than a single idea at once.
The set saw the Beirut reprise of Alan Bishop (acoustic guitar, voice and tenor sax) and Sam Shalabi (hollow bodied electric guitar), whose trio performance with a keyboardist named Tony at the 2012 edition of Irtijal (Beirut's experimental music festival) still rattles amusingly though a brainpan or three.
Obama's soaring rhetoric is now his downfall, as his words are now seen as harvested from a manufacturing plant miles away from his own brainpan.
It's a skull, a brainpan with its huge jaws buried in the earth.
Lesions on the brainpan we are almost totally eliminated, and on the first bone scan we observed a total loss of the bone density structure of the legs subject to pathological fractures or to a drug treatment to prevent skeletal events; on the new bone scan we observed a total recuperation of the bone structure with excellent density.