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foramen magnum

[mag-nuh m]
noun Anatomy.
  1. the large opening in the base of the skull forming the passage from the cranial cavity to the spinal canal.
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Origin of foramen magnum

1880–85; < New Latin: literally, great hole
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British Dictionary definitions for foramen magnum

foramen magnum

  1. the large opening at the base of the skull through which the spinal cord passes
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Word Origin for foramen magnum

New Latin: large hole
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foramen magnum in Medicine

foramen magnum

  1. great foramen
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