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[kal-vair-ee-uh m] /kælˈvɛər i əm/
noun, plural calvaria
[kal-vair-ee-uh] /kælˈvɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
the dome of the skull.
Origin of calvarium
1880-85; < New Latin, neuter variant of Latin calvāria skull, equivalent to calv(us) bald + -āria -ary; compare late Middle English calvaria (< L), calvair (< MF) Unabridged
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  • Outline drawings of the two skulls are compared with the corresponding contour of the Neanderthal calvaria by Klaatsch.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
British Dictionary definitions for calvaria


the top part of the skull of vertebrates Nontechnical name skullcap
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin: (human) skull, from Latin calvus bald
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calvaria in Medicine

calvaria cal·var·i·a (kāl-vâr'ē-ə)
n. pl. cal·var·i·ae (-ē-ē')
Roof of the skull; the upper domelike portion of the skull without the lower jaw or the lower jaw and facial parts. Also called calvarium, skullcap.

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