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[dip-loh-ee] /ˈdɪp loʊˌi/
noun, Anatomy.
the cancellate bony tissue between the hard inner and outer walls of the bones of the cranium.
Origin of diploë
1690-1700; < Greek diplóē literally, a fold, noun use of feminine of diplóos double
Related forms
[dih-ploh-ik] /dɪˈploʊ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[dip-loh-et-ik] /ˌdɪp loʊˈɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The spongy middle plate must, like the diploe of the skull, have served to deaden the vibrations of a blow dealt from the outside.

British Dictionary definitions for diploe


(anatomy) the spongy bone separating the two layers of compact bone of the skull
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin, from Greek: a fold, from diploos double
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diploe in Medicine

diploe dip·lo·e (dĭp'lō-ē')
The central layer of spongy, porous, bony tissue between the hard outer and inner bone layers of the cranium.

dip'lo·ic (-lō-ĭk) adj.
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