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cranium

Line breaks: cra|nium
Pronunciation: /ˈkreɪnɪəm
 
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Definition of cranium in English:

noun (plural craniums or crania /-nɪə/)

Anatomy
The skull, especially the part enclosing the brain.
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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