braincase

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

Definition of braincase

: the cranium enclosing the brain

Examples of braincase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The braincases on these animals were not terribly large, though. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, "Pterosaurs Were Monsters of the Mesozoic Skies," 1 Oct. 2019 This would have allowed them to evolve a giant set of jaws without having a huge braincase. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, "Pterosaurs Were Monsters of the Mesozoic Skies," 1 Oct. 2019 The fossil shows a creature with a projecting face, large canine teeth, flaring cheekbones, a crest atop its head that anchored strong jaw muscles, and a long, narrow braincase that held a brain the size of a chimpanzee’s. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "The Face of the Earliest Human Ancestor, Revealed," 7 Dec. 2019 The results suggest that Denisovans should have features such as a low braincase, a wide pelvis and large joint surfaces and ribcage. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Scientists Recreate the Face of a Denisovan Using DNA," 20 Sep. 2019 Rarely preserved in ichthyosaurs, the braincase allows for scientists to better understand how the animals functioned. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Modern Tech Solved the Mystery Behind This Ancient Reptile's Skull," 9 Jan. 2019 What makes the skull so fascinating to researchers is its braincase. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Modern Tech Solved the Mystery Behind This Ancient Reptile's Skull," 9 Jan. 2019 Researchers found that over winter the braincases of the animals shrunk by an average of 15 percent in anticipation of winter, then rebounded almost, but not quite, to its former size in spring. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Shrews Shrink Their Skulls and Brains for the Winter," 25 Oct. 2017 Given the Jebel Irhoud fossils’ modern faces and primitive braincases, Hublin and his team suggest that the features associated with modern humans probably didn’t evolve all at once. National Geographic, "These Early Humans Lived 300,000 Years Ago—But Had Modern Faces," 7 June 2017

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1726, in the meaning defined above

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“Braincase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/braincase. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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braincase

noun
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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