Definition of cranium in English:


Syllabification: cra·ni·um
Pronunciation: /ˈkrānēəm

noun (plural craniums or crania /-nēə/)

  • The skull, especially the part enclosing the brain.
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    skull, head, brain case
    informal noggin, brainpan


late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Greek kranion 'skull'.

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