Definition of occipital condyle in English:

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occipital condyle


Each of two rounded knobs on the occipital bone that form a joint with the first cervical vertebra.
Example sentences
  • The diplodocoid occipital condyle faces ventrally, suggesting that the head was held higher and at an angle to the line of the neck.
  • The basioccipital may bear several small foramina for the hypoglossal nerve near the base of the occipital condyle.
  • The exoccipitals are large and, with the basioccipital, form the occipital condyle for articulation with the first vertebra.

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Syllabification: oc·cip·i·tal con·dyle

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