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[kal-vair-ee-uh m]
noun, plural cal·var·i·a [kal-vair-ee-uh] /kælˈvɛər i ə/.
  1. the dome of the skull.
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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)
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Historical Examples of calvarium

  • Examine brain by making incision from ear to ear across vertex, reflect scalp forwards and backwards, and saw off calvarium.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

    W. G. Aitchison Robertson

  • The creature is only known by a calvarium, two separate teeth, and a femur.

  • In the human "calvarium" in question, the mid-line traced backward from the super-orbital ridge runs along a smooth track.

  • The hypospathister was an elevator for separating the pericranium from the calvarium.