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occipital bone

noun, Anatomy.
a curved, compound bone forming the back and part of the base of the skull.
Origin of occipital bone
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The neck area of the occipital bone was also ape-like in form.

  • In the cat it is attached besides to the base of the occipital bone.

  • In the pig, also, the occipital bone is not bent upon itself in its anterior portion, but forms the summit of the head.

  • The occipital bone was flattened and forced deep under the parietal bones, but not otherwise injured.

    A System of Midwifery

    Edward Rigby
  • occipital bone, deeply depressed below the crest or ridge of the head—48.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
  • The investing mass of the head and of the notochord is the skeleton of the occipital bone.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • A yard from the jaw an important piece of the occipital bone of the skull was found.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The bullet had entered near the bridge of the nose, and broken the occipital bone, so as to produce a concussion of the spine.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • The occipital bone forms the lower part of the base of the skull, as well as the back of the head.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • All sutures open, and elements of occipital bone distinguishable.

British Dictionary definitions for occipital bone

occipital bone

the saucer-shaped bone that forms the back part of the skull and part of its base
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occipital bone in Medicine

occipital bone n.
A bone at the lower and posterior part of the skull, consisting of basilar, condylar, and squamous parts and enclosing the foramen magnum.

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