occipital

adjective

oc·​cip·​i·​tal äk-ˈsi-pə-tᵊl How to pronounce occipital (audio)
: of, relating to, or located within or near the occiput or the occipital bone
occipital noun
occipitally adverb

Examples of occipital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Occipital Neuralgia Occipital neuralgia is a rare disorder that causes headaches due to irritation of the occipital nerve, which perceives sensation in the scalp. Michael Menna, Verywell Health, 11 July 2024 The study published by the Lancet, found that 94% of patients diagnosed with Posterior Cortical Atrophy, or PCA, a neurodegenerative condition that impairs one's vision and mainly affects the occipital and parietal cortex, also had Alzheimer's. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 Scurry later found out that the blow resulted in a traumatic brain injury that smashed her occipital nerve. Lauren J. Young, Scientific American, 18 July 2023 The condition, bilateral atlanto occipital joint dislocation, is commonly known as internal or orthopedic decapitation. Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 14 July 2023 See all Example Sentences for occipital 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of occipital was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Occipital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occipital. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

occipital

1 of 2 adjective
oc·​cip·​i·​tal
äk-ˈsip-ət-ᵊl
: of or relating to the back part of the head or skull or to the occipital bone

occipital

2 of 2 noun

Medical Definition

occipital

1 of 2 adjective
oc·​cip·​i·​tal äk-ˈsip-ət-ᵊl How to pronounce occipital (audio)
: of, relating to, or located within or near the occiput or the occipital bone

occipital

2 of 2 noun

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