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foramen Line breaks: for|amen
Pronunciation: /fəˈreɪmɛn/

Definition of foramen in English:

noun (plural foramina fəˈramɪnə)

An opening, hole, or passage, especially in a bone.
Example sentences
  • Olfactory nerve fibers enter the cranial cavity through foramina in the cribriform plate of the ethmoid bone and synapse on neurons in the olfactory bulb.
  • Such presentations could result from a primary injury to the brain stem, induced by hyperflexion and hyperextension, or, rarely, from traumatic thrombosis of the vertebral arteries in the foramina of the cervical vertebrae.
  • Structures adjacent to the nasopharynx, such as nerves and vessels, facilitate the infiltration of nasopharyngeal cancer through foramina and fissures, from extracranial to intracranial spaces.


Late 17th century: from Latin, from forare 'bore a hole'.

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