calvaria

noun

cal·​var·​ia kal-ˈver-ē-ə How to pronounce calvaria (audio)
plural calvariae kal-ˈver-ē-ˌē How to pronounce calvaria (audio)
-ˌī
or calvarias
: calvarium
Removal of the calvaria revealed diffuse swelling of the brain, with flattening of gyri.Martin A. Samuels and Kathy L. Newell

Examples of calvaria in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calvaria was in the 14th century

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“Calvaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calvaria. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

calvaria

noun
cal·​var·​ia kal-ˈvar-ē-ə How to pronounce calvaria (audio)
plural calvariae -ē-ˌē, -ē-ˌī How to pronounce calvaria (audio)
: calvarium
Removal of the calvaria revealed diffuse swelling of the brain, with flattening of gyri.Martin A. Samuels and Kathy L. Newell, The New England Journal of Medicine
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