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: of or relating to a bone or region on each side of the foramen magnum of the skull


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: either of a pair of bones lying one on each side of the foramen magnum and free in lower vertebrates but forming in man a part of the occipital bone

Word History



International Scientific Vocabulary exo- + occipital

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“Exoccipital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exoccipital. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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