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(Anatomy) informal the skull
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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.
Outdoors at nighttime, Emiratis and resident foreigners - coached in local knowledge of long scorching summers and brief mild winters huddle into themselves, burrowing into their clothes.As you wander through "Crude," Jameel Arts Centre's debut show, rumors of climate change slap at the back of your brainpan like a rebuke.
I had the crosshairs on him for what Elmer Keith called a "raking shot." Many factors went through my brainpan computer: bad angle, unclear view of the antlers, much too early in the hunt.
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. A president who publicly laments gun violence but deifies "the troops" and relishes the lethal effectiveness of drone strikes offers us a contradiction so stark as to leave us speechless.
It's a skull, a brainpan with its huge jaws buried in the earth.