[ fuh-rey-muhn ]
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noun,plural fo·ram·i·na [fuh-ram-uh-nuh]. /fəˈræm ə nə/.
  1. an opening, orifice, or short passage, as in a bone or in the integument of the ovule of a plant.

Origin of foramen

1665–75; <Latin forāmen hole, opening, equivalent to forā(re) to bore2 “pierce” + -men resultative noun suffix

Other words from foramen

  • fo·ram·i·nal [fuh-ram-uh-nl], /fəˈræm ə nl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for foramen


/ (fɒˈreɪmɛn) /

nounplural -ramina (-ˈræmɪnə) or -ramens
  1. a natural hole, esp one in a bone through which nerves and blood vessels pass

Origin of foramen

C17: from Latin, from forāre to bore, pierce

Derived forms of foramen

  • foraminal (fɒˈræmɪnəl), adjective

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Scientific definitions for foramen


[ fə-rāmən ]

Plural foramina (fə-rămə-nə) foramens
  1. An opening or short passage, especially in the body.♦ The large opening in the base of the skull through which the spinal cord passes is called the foramen magnum (măgnəm).♦ The opening in the septum between the right and left atria of the heart, present in the fetus but usually closed soon after birth, is the foramen ovale (ō-vălē, -vālē, -vä-).

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