Definition of occipital bone in English:

occipital bone

Syllabification: oc·cip·i·tal bone
Pronunciation: /äkˈsipitl ˌbōn


  • The bone that forms the back and base of the skull, and through which the spinal cord passes.
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    • When this slip inserts onto the occipital bone or mastoid process it is named splenius capitis accessorius.
    • The skull has a roughen surface to the parietal bone and the occipital bone.
    • In general, neoplasms of the occipital bone are rather infrequent when compared to other bones of the skull.

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