foramen magnum

fo·​ra·​men mag·​num | \ fə-ˌrā-mən-ˈmag-nəm How to pronounce foramen magnum (audio) \

Definition of foramen magnum

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

Examples of foramen magnum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the location of the foramen magnum, the opening in the skull for the spinal cord, reveals whether its possessor orients horizontally or vertically. David P. Barash, WSJ, 16 June 2021 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, 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

foramen mag·​num | \ -ˈmag-nəm How to pronounce foramen magnum (audio) \

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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