noun \ˈkrā-nē-əm\
plural cra·ni·ums or -nia \-nē-ə\

Definition of CRANIUM

:  skull; specifically :  the part that encloses the brain :  braincase

Examples of CRANIUM

  1. <the cranium of a Neanderthal is striking for its brow ridges>

Origin of CRANIUM

Medieval Latin, from Greek kranion; akin to Greek kara head — more at cerebral
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to CRANIUM

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral


noun \ˈkrā-nē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural cra·ni·ums or -nia \-nē-ə\

Medical Definition of CRANIUM

: skull; specifically : braincase


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