foramen magnum

[ mag-nuh m ]
/ ˈmæg nəm /

noun Anatomy.

the large opening in the base of the skull forming the passage from the cranial cavity to the spinal canal.

Origin of foramen magnum

1880–85; < New Latin: literally, great hole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for foramen magnum

foramen magnum


the large opening at the base of the skull through which the spinal cord passes

Word Origin for foramen magnum

New Latin: large hole
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Medicine definitions for foramen magnum

foramen magnum
[ măgnəm ]


great foramen
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