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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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No Anatomical landmarks definitions 1 Minimum frontal breadth Distance between the two frontotemporale (ft) 2 Biorbital breadth Distance between right and left ectoconchion (ec) 3 Bizygomatic diameter Distance between most lateral points on the zygomatic arches 4 Nasal breadth Maximum breadth of the nasal aperture 5 Orbital height Distance between the superior and inferior orbital margins 6 Foramen magnum breadth Distance between the lateral margins of foramen magnum at the points of greatest lateral curvature 7 Foramen magnum length Distance from basion (ba) to opisthion (o) 8 Foramen ovale Distance between left and right of foramen ovale 9 Foramen spinosum Distance between left and right of foramen spinosum Table 4: Dimensional measurements of dry skull and CAD models.
This lesion was extending upto foramen ovale and foramen spinosum bilaterally.
They include the absence of the foramen spinosum on the affected side and the enlargement of the proximal tympanic segment of the facial nerve canal adjacent to the cochleariform process.