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occiput Line breaks: oc¦ci|put
Pronunciation: /ˈɒksɪpʌt/

Definition of occiput in English:


The back of the head.
Example sentences
  • The helmet alleviates the pressure on the flattened area of the occiput and allows the skull to grow faster in the desired directions.
  • At surgery, there was a significant deformity of the cranial vault at the level of the occiput and first and second cervical vertebrae.
  • The supraoccipital is essentially an unpaired dermal bone of the occiput.


Pronunciation: /ɒkˈsɪpɪt(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The choroid plexus does not extend into the frontal and occipital horns of the lateral ventricles.
  • One foramen transmits a vein to the superior sagittal sinus and a small branch of the occipital artery to the dura mater.
  • Almost 2 years after his transplant he presented with an occipital subcutaneous myeloid sarcoma.


Late Middle English: from Latin occiput, from ob- 'against' + caput 'head'.

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