oc·​cip·​i·​tal | \ äk-ˈsi-pə-tᵊl How to pronounce occipital (audio) \

Definition of occipital

: of, relating to, or located within or near the occiput or the occipital bone

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Other Words from occipital

occipital noun
occipitally adverb

Examples of occipital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The region, called the fusiform gyrus, lines the base of the occipital and temporal lobes and is specialized for facial recognition. Susan Pinker, WSJ, 15 July 2021 That privilege belongs to more posterior regions—the parietal, temporal and occipital lobes. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 10 May 2021 This was followed by numbness in his left arm and finally the eruption of pain in his occipital area. Usman T. Malik, Wired, 11 Dec. 2020 In amateur writers, neurons fired in the lateral occipital areas, which are associated with visual processing. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 25 May 2018 The effect, called enlarged external occipital protuberance, used to be so uncommon, Sayers said, that one of its early observers, toward the end of the 19th century, objected to its title. nola.com, 22 June 2019 This anatomical feature is called an external occipital protuberance, or EOP. Allen Kim, CNN, 21 June 2019 The bone spurs jut off of what’s called the external occipital protuberance (EOP) of the skull. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 21 June 2019 The other extreme hypothesis was that UD’s brain would completely compensate, with other regions taking over the roles of the right sides of the occipital and temporal lobes, leading UD to function completely normally. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of occipital

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for occipital

borrowed from Middle French, probably borrowed from Medieval Latin occipitālis, from Latin occipit-, occiput occiput + -ālis -al entry 1

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“Occipital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occipital. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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oc·​cip·​i·​tal | \ äk-ˈsip-ət-ᵊl How to pronounce occipital (audio) \

Medical Definition of occipital

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: of, relating to, or located within or near the occiput or the occipital bone



Medical Definition of occipital (Entry 2 of 2)

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