Occipital bone
Occipital Oc*cip"i*tal, a. [Cf. F. occipital.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the occiput, or back part of the head, or to the occipital bone. [1913 Webster]

{Occipital bone} (Anat.), the bone which forms the posterior segment of the skull and surrounds the great foramen by which the spinal cord leaves the cranium. In the higher vertebrates it is usually composed of four bones, which become consolidated in the adult.

{Occipital point} (Anat.), the point of the occiput in the mesial plane farthest from the ophryon. [1913 Webster]


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  • occipital bone — n a compound bone that forms the posterior part of the skull and surrounds the foramen magnum, bears the condyles for articulation with the atlas, is composed of four united elements, is much curved and roughly trapezoidal in outline, ends in… …   Medical dictionary

  • occipital bone — n. the bone that forms the back part of the skull: see SKULL …   English World dictionary

  • occipital bone — a saucer shaped bone of the skull that forms the back and part of the base of the cranium. At the base of the occipital are two occipital condyles: rounded surfaces that articulate with the first (atlas) vertebra of the backbone. Between the… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • occipital bone — noun a saucer shaped membrane bone that forms the back of the skull • Hypernyms: ↑membrane bone • Part Holonyms: ↑cranium, ↑braincase, ↑brainpan • Part Meronyms: ↑inion, ↑occipital pro …   Useful english dictionary

  • occipital bone — occip′ital bone n. anat. a curved, compound bone forming the back and part of the base of the skull • Etymology: 1670–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • occipital bone — noun Date: 1679 a compound bone that forms the posterior part of the skull and bears a condyle by which the skull articulates with the atlas …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • occipital bone — Anat. a curved, compound bone forming the back and part of the base of the skull. See diag. under skull. [1670 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • occipital bone — noun The bone at the back of the skull …   Wiktionary

  • occipital bone — /ɒkˈsɪpətl boʊn/ (say ok sipuhtl bohn) noun a compound bone which forms the lower posterior part of the skull …   Australian English dictionary

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