occipital bone

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occipital bone

n.
A curved, trapezoid compound bone that forms the lower posterior part of the skull; the occipital.

occipital bone

n
(Anatomy) the saucer-shaped bone that forms the back part of the skull and part of its base

occip′ital bone`


n.
a curved, compound bone forming the back and part of the base of the skull.
[1670–80]

occipital bone


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A bone at the back of the skull with a hole in it for the spinal cord.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.occipital bone - a saucer-shaped membrane bone that forms the back of the skulloccipital bone - a saucer-shaped membrane bone that forms the back of the skull
inion - the craniometric point that is the most prominent point at the back of the head (at the occipital protuberance)
membrane bone - any bone that develops within membranous tissue without previous cartilage formation; e.g. the clavicle and bones of the skull
braincase, brainpan, cranium - the part of the skull that encloses the brain
occipital protuberance - prominence on the outer surface of the occipital bone
References in classic literature ?
In the surgeon's deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been shattered by a heavy blow from a blunt weapon.
Among patients with skull lesions, the frontal bones are most commonly involved followed by the sphenoid, ethmoid, parietal, temporal and occipital bones.
The origination of this hematoma occurs either from the traumatic injury to temporal lobes resulting in middle meningeal artery braches laceration or tear or fracture of occipital bones with secondary injury to transverse sinus 13 .
there was a significant proportion of fetuses with malformed occipital bones, shorter 13th ribs, dumbbell-shaped sternebra and reduced number of ossification centers in hindlimb phalanges and caudal vertebra.
Sheikh [sup][5] observed that a large number of ABCs occurred in the temporal and occipital bones.
Fronto-occipital modification is characterized by the flattening of both the frontal and occipital bones and is believed to be caused by the application of flat materials (Hrdlicka 1912).
She was now quite settled and on reevaluation of her cranial system there was increased craniosacral rhythm of her right temporal and occipital bones.
The jugular foramen, an opening in the skull base, is formed by the jugular notches in the temporal and occipital bones.
The jugular foramen is situated between the petrous portion of temporal and occipital bones and originates from persistence of the embryologic foramen lacerumposticus, the space between the basi-occiput and auditory canal.
1) It is most prominent in the parietal and occipital bones.