Occipital bone

Definition of Occipital bone

(Anat.) the bone which forms the posterior segment of the skull and surrounds the great foramen by which the spinal cord leaves the cranium. In the higher vertebrates it is usually composed of four bones, which become consolidated in the adult.

See also: Occipital

Related Words

braincase, brainpan, cranium, inion, membrane bone, occipital protuberance
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