Definition of cranium in English:
noun (plural craniums or crania ˈkreɪnɪə)Anatomy
- The eye is located within the orbital cavity of the skull between the cranium and the facial skeleton.
- As the infection spreads in the temporal bone, it may extend into the cranium and result in cranial nerve palsies.
- The bones of the cranium are divided into the skull base and the calvarial vault.
Late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Greek kranion 'skull'.
migraine from Late Middle English:
People unfortunate enough to suffer from migraine know that this sort of throbbing headache usually affects one side of the head—reflected in the origin of the word. It is a highly shortened form of Greek hemi- ‘half’ and kranion ‘skull’, the source of English cranium (mid 16th century). Until the 20th century the form megrim, also used for a fit of being difficult, was more common than migraine.
Words that rhyme with craniumgeranium, germanium, Herculaneum, titanium, uranium
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