Definition of occiput in English:


Syllabification: oc·ci·put
Pronunciation: /ˈäksəpət

noun (plural occiputs or occipita /äkˈsipitə/)

  • The back of the head or skull.
    More 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: /äkˈsipitl/
More 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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