brain·​case | \ ˈbrān-ˌkās How to pronounce braincase (audio) \

Definition of braincase

: the cranium enclosing the brain

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Recent Examples on the Web The birds’ distinctive drumming and drilling had led researchers to hypothesize that the bone between woodpeckers’ beak and braincase must absorb shocks to protect their brain from concussions. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 14 July 2022 Although the stargazer fossil was not a new find, the authors more recently were able to use improved technology to peer inside both the braincase and the fossilized pellets without destroying either. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, the scientists describe using a spectroscopic device to confirm the calcium and phosphate signatures of coprolites — fossilized feces — in the fish’s braincase. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 The braincase also revealed the shortest ever cochlea found in a dinosaur. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 While the brain tissue of a dinosaur was too fragile to preserve, the structure of its braincase can reveal aspects of a dinosaur's lifestyle. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 The scanning focused upon Little Foot’s cranial vault - the upper part of her braincase — and her lower jaw, or mandible. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 The protruding balconies are eyes, above which looms an oversize braincase of office space intended for Communist Party functionaries who would guide the economy. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2021 In particular, the inner ear and braincase anatomy of lagerpetids hinted at adaptations that have been linked to the pterosaurs’ development of flight. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of braincase

1726, in the meaning defined above

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“Braincase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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brain·​case | \ -ˌkās How to pronounce braincase (audio) \

Medical Definition of braincase

: the part of the skull that encloses the brain — see cranium

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