foramen magnum

noun
fo·​ra·​men mag·​num | \fə-ˌrā-mən-ˈmag-nəm \

Definition of foramen magnum 

: the opening in the skull through which the spinal cord passes to become the medulla oblongata

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Though the fossil exhibited apelike features, the position of the foramen magnum, or the opening that allows the spinal cord and brain to meet, convinced Dart that the child had walked upright like a human. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 27 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of foramen magnum

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for foramen magnum

New Latin, literally, large opening

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foramen magnum

noun
foramen mag·​num | \-ˈmag-nəm \

Medical Definition of foramen magnum 

: the opening in the skull through which the spinal cord passes to become the medulla oblongata

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