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[sin-suh-puht] /ˈsɪn səˌpʌt/
noun, plural sinciputs, sincipita
[sin-sip-i-tuh] /sɪnˈsɪp ɪ tə/ (Show IPA).
the forepart of the skull.
the upper part of the skull.
Origin of sinciput
1570-80; < Latin: literally, half-head < *sēm(i)-caput, equivalent to sēmi- semi- + caput head
Related forms
[sin-sip-i-tl] /sɪnˈsɪp ɪ tl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) sinciputs, sincipita (sɪnˈsɪpɪtə)
(anatomy) the forward upper part of the skull
Derived Forms
sincipital, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: half a head, from semi- + caput head
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Word Origin and History for sinciput

"forepart of the head," 1570s, from Latin sinciput "half a head," also "one of the smoked cheeks of a pig," from semi- (see semi-) + caput (see capitulum. Related: Sincipital.

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sinciput in Medicine

sinciput sin·ci·put (sĭn'sə-pət)
n. pl. sin·ci·puts or sin·cip·i·ta (sĭn-sĭp'ĭ-tə)

  1. The upper half of the cranium, especially the anterior portion above and including the forehead.

  2. The forehead.

sin·cip'i·tal (-sĭp'ĭ-tl) adj.
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