- the skull of a vertebrate.
- the part of the skull that encloses the brain.
Origin of cranium
Examples from the Web for cranium
He placed his gun underneath her chin and fired it “up into the cranium.”Thanksgiving Day Horror: Minnesota Teens Killed in Alleged Break-In
November 28, 2012
Galusha raised a hand in bewildered fashion and felt of his cranium.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
But on this 1916 trip some faint glimmering must have penetrated the density of my cranium.Tales of Fishes
There was nothing slow about the grey matter in her cranium.A Woman who went to Alaska
May Kellogg Sullivan
Frederick Seward suffered intensely from a fracture of the cranium.Between the Lines
Henry Bascom Smith
It is now well proportioned, the bones of the cranium, formerly flat, are arched.Sex
- the skull of a vertebrate
- the part of the skull that encloses the brainNontechnical name: brainpan
Word Origin and History for cranium
1540s, from Medieval Latin cranium, from Greek kranion "skull, upper part of the head," related to kara (poetic kras) "head," from PIE root *ker- "horn, head" (see horn (n.)). Strictly, the bones which enclose the brain.
- The bony case enclosing the brain, excluding the bones of the face; braincase.
- The vertebrate skull, especially the part that encloses and protects the brain.
The part of the skull that encloses the brain.