noun (plural foramina /-ˈramɪnə/)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.
late 17th century: from Latin, from forare 'bore a hole'.
Definition of foramen in:
- The US English dictionary