Definition of cranium in English:

cranium

Line breaks: cra|nium
Pronunciation: /ˈkreɪnɪəm
 
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noun (plural craniums or crania /-nɪə/)

Anatomy
  • 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.
    Synonyms
    skull, brain case; brain; head
    informal brainpan

Origin

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

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