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or crani-
Cranium: craniometer.

[From cranium.]


or before a vowel


combining form
(Anatomy) indicating the cranium or cranial: craniotomy.


(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]
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