cranium

[ krey-nee-uhm ]
/ ˈkreɪ ni əm /

noun, plural cra·ni·ums, cra·ni·a [krey-nee-uh]. /ˈkreɪ ni ə/.

the skull of a vertebrate.
the part of the skull that encloses the brain.

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Also called braincase.

Origin of cranium

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English craneum, from Medieval Latin crānium, from Greek krāníon “skull”; akin to kerato-, cerebrum, cornu, horn
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British Dictionary definitions for cranium

cranium
/ (ˈkreɪnɪəm) /

noun plural -niums or -nia (-nɪə)

the skull of a vertebrate
the part of the skull that encloses the brainNontechnical name: brainpan

Word Origin for cranium

C16: from Medieval Latin crānium skull, from Greek kranion
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Medical definitions for cranium

cranium
[ krānē-əm ]

n. pl. cra•ni•ums

The bony case enclosing the brain, excluding the bones of the face; braincase.
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Scientific definitions for cranium

cranium
[ krānē-əm ]

Plural craniums crania

The vertebrate skull, especially the part that encloses and protects the brain.
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Cultural definitions for cranium

cranium
[ (kray-nee-uhm) ]

The part of the skull that encloses the brain.

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