Definition of foramen in English:

foramen

Syllabification: fo·ra·men
Pronunciation: /fəˈrāmən
 
/

noun (plural foramina /-ˈramənə/)

Anatomy
An opening, hole, or passage, especially in a bone.
More 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.

Origin

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

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