cal·​var·​i·​um | \ kal-ˈver-ē-əm How to pronounce calvarium (audio) \
plural calvaria\ kal-​ˈver-​ē-​ə How to pronounce calvaria (audio) \

Definition of calvarium

: the portion of a skull including the braincase and excluding the lower jaw or lower jaw and facial portion

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Recent Examples on the Web The bullet had apparently ricocheted inside around his skull, or the calvarium (skullcap), and had not hurt him. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit 67: Doctor 'never saw anything in the Air Force' like that week of riot," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of calvarium

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calvarium

New Latin, from Latin calvaria skull, from calvus bald; probably akin to Sanskrit kulva bald

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“Calvarium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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cal·​var·​i·​um | \ -ē-əm How to pronounce calvarium (audio) \
plural calvaria\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce calvaria (audio) \

Medical Definition of calvarium

: an incomplete skull especially : the portion of a skull including the braincase and excluding the lower jaw or lower jaw and facial portion The lesion was large, with cavernous sinus invasion and contact with the optic chiasm; the sella was expanded; and the calvarium was diffusely thickened. — Andrea L. Utz et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 8 July 2010

Other Words from calvarium

calvarial \ -​ē-​əl How to pronounce calvarial (audio) \ adjective

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