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foramen

[fuh-rey-muh n]
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noun, plural fo·ram·i·na [fuh-ram-uh-nuh] /fəˈræm ə nə/.
  1. an opening, orifice, or short passage, as in a bone or in the integument of the ovule of a plant.

Origin of foramen

1665–75; < Latin forāmen hole, opening, equivalent to forā(re) to bore2 “pierce” + -men resultative noun suffix
Related formsfo·ram·i·nal [fuh-ram-uh-nl] /fəˈræm ə nl/, adjective
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foramen

noun plural -ramina (-ˈræmɪnə) or -ramens
  1. a natural hole, esp one in a bone through which nerves and blood vessels pass
Derived Formsforaminal (fɒˈræmɪnəl), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from forāre to bore, pierce
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Word Origin and History for foramina

foramen

n.

plural foramina, 1670s, from Latin foramen "hole, opening, aperture, orifice," from forare "to pierce" (see bore (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

foramina in Medicine

foramina

(fə-rămə-nə)
n.
  1. A plural offoramen

foramen

n. pl. fo•ra•mens
  1. An aperture or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure.
Related formsfo•rami•nal (-rămə-nəl) null adj.

foramina in Science

foramen

[fə-rāmən]
Plural foramina (fə-rămə-nə) foramens
  1. An opening or short passage, especially in the body.♦ The large opening in the base of the skull through which the spinal cord passes is called the foramen magnum (măgnəm).♦ The opening in the septum between the right and left atria of the heart, present in the fetus but usually closed soon after birth, is the foramen ovale (ō-vălē, -vālē, -vä-).