[en-doh-krey-nee-uh m]

noun, plural en·do·cra·ni·a [en-doh-krey-nee-uh] /ˌɛn doʊˈkreɪ ni ə/. Anatomy.

the inner lining membrane of the skull; the dura mater.
the inside surface of the skull.

Nearby words

  1. endochondral bone,
  2. endochondral ossification,
  3. endocolitis,
  4. endocranial,
  5. endocranial cast,
  6. endocrine,
  7. endocrine disruptor,
  8. endocrine gland,
  9. endocrine system,
  10. endocrinology

Origin of endocranium

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at endo-, cranium

Related formsen·do·cra·ni·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for endocranial


noun plural -nia (-nɪə)

anatomy the thick fibrous membrane that lines the cranial cavity and forms the outermost layer of the dura mater
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Medicine definitions for endocranial




Within the cranium.
Of or relating to the endocranium.



n. pl. en•do•cra•ni•a (-nē-ə)

The outermost layer of the dura mater.
The inner surface of the skull.

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