at·​lan·​to-oc·​cip·​i·​tal -äk-ˈsip-ət-ᵊl How to pronounce atlanto-occipital (audio)
: relating to or being structures (as a joint or ligament) joining the atlas and the occipital bone
The atlanto-occipital joint straddles the spinal cord and the foramen magnum on either side and is V-shaped, slanting caudally and medially.Bentley A. Ogoke, Pain Physician
A blow to the neck by a hockey puck may produce arterial rupture where the vertebral artery penetrates the posterior atlanto-occipital membrane or the dura mater.Barry J. Maron et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association

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“Atlanto-occipital.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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