braincase

noun

brain·​case ˈbrān-ˌkās How to pronounce braincase (audio)
: the cranium enclosing the brain

Examples of braincase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The specimens in question do show features in common with adult T. rex — among them the forehead, snout and braincase, said Thomas Carr, a paleontologist at Carthage College who first made the case that Nanotyrannus represented young T. rex. Asher Elbein, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2024 By poring over three-dimensional scans of ancient hominin braincases and by examining the brains of our nearest living evolutionary kin—chimpanzees and bonobos, whose ancestors branched off from our lineage some six million years ago—researchers are beginning to unlock this puzzle. Heather Pringle, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2016 Believed to belong to a male, Skull 5 also has the smallest braincase of the five individuals. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2016 Xuchang 2, while not as large, appears to have had a modern size braincase as well. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2017 In all, the researchers found the braincase, several vertebrae, teeth, claws and part of a jaw, which was enough to identify the find as a new species. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2016 More than 3 million years ago, the braincase of Australopithecus afarensis, likely the first fully bipedal hominin, was only slightly larger than a chimpanzee’s. Kenneth Miller, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2020 For example, the braincase is large, suggesting a big brain similar in size to our own. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2019 The hominins, which included a partial face and braincase known as Irhoud 10, were about 315,000 years old. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 15 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of braincase was in 1726

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“Braincase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/braincase. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

braincase

noun
brain·​case ˈbrān-ˌkās How to pronounce braincase (audio)
: the cranium enclosing the brain

Medical Definition

braincase

noun
brain·​case -ˌkās How to pronounce braincase (audio)
: the part of the skull that encloses the brain see cranium

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