clivus

noun
cli·​vus | \ ˈklī-vəs How to pronounce clivus (audio) \
plural clivi\ -​ˌvī How to pronounce clivi (audio) \

Medical Definition of clivus

: the smooth sloping surface on the upper posterior part of the body of the sphenoid bone supporting the pons and the basilar artery

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“Clivus.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/clivus. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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