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noun, plural fo·ram·i·na [fuh-ram-uh-nuh]. /fəˈræm ə nə/.

an opening, orifice, or short passage, as in a bone or in the integument of the ovule of a plant.



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Origin of foramen

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


fo·ram·i·nal [fuh-ram-uh-nl], /fəˈræm ə nl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for foramen

/ (fɒˈreɪmɛn) /

noun plural -ramina (-ˈræmɪnə) or -ramens

a natural hole, esp one in a bone through which nerves and blood vessels pass

Derived forms of foramen

foraminal (fɒˈræmɪnəl), adjective

Word Origin for foramen

C17: from Latin, from forāre to bore, pierce
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Medical definitions for foramen

[ fə-rāmən ]

n. pl. fo•ra•mens

An aperture or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure.

Other words from foramen

fo•rami•nal (-rămə-nəl) null adj.
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Scientific definitions for foramen

[ fə-rāmən ]

Plural foramina (fə-rămə-nə) foramens

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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