foramen

noun
fo·​ra·​men | \ fə-ˈrā-mən How to pronounce foramen (audio) \
plural foramina\ fə-​ˈra-​mə-​nə How to pronounce foramen (audio) \ or foramens\ fə-​ˈrā-​mənz How to pronounce foramen (audio) \

Definition of foramen

: a small opening, perforation, or orifice : fenestra

Other Words from foramen

foraminal \ fə-​ˈra-​mə-​nᵊl How to pronounce foramen (audio) \ or foraminous \ fə-​ˈra-​mə-​nəs How to pronounce foramen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of foramen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another view of the monitor lizard skull fossil fragment, on which both the parietal and pineal foramina are visible (in yellow). Amina Khan, latimes.com, 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of foramen

1672, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for foramen

Latin foramin-, foramen, from forare to bore — more at bore

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“Foramen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foramen. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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foramen

noun
fo·​ra·​men | \ fə-ˈrā-mən How to pronounce foramen (audio) \
plural foramina\ -​ˈram-​ə-​nə How to pronounce foramen (audio) \ or foramens\ -​ˈrā-​mənz How to pronounce foramen (audio) \

Medical Definition of foramen

: a small opening, perforation, or orifice : fenestra sense 1

Other Words from foramen

foraminal \ fə-​ˈram-​ən-​ᵊl How to pronounce foramen (audio) \ adjective

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