- an opening, orifice, or short passage, as in a bone or in the integument of the ovule of a plant.
Origin of foramen
Related Words for foraminadent, tunnel, void, crater, pocket, window, gap, pit, break, cut, space, mouth, crack, orifice, opening, vesicle, outlet, foramen, stoma, vent
Examples from the Web for foramina
Historical Examples of foramina
In these vertebræ the inferior ridges are also pierced by foramina.The Beaked Whales of the Family Ziphidae
Their number may be reckoned from the number of foramina for the exit of spinal nerves.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
It is from these pores (or foramina) that the group receives its name.
It is not possible to establish what part of the median septum between the foramina is made up of premaxillary bones.
Collectively, this complex of foramina is often known as the posterior palatine foramina.
- a natural hole, esp one in a bone through which nerves and blood vessels pass
Word Origin for foramen
plural foramina, 1670s, from Latin foramen "hole, opening, aperture, orifice," from forare "to pierce" (see bore (v.)).
- A plural offoramen
- An aperture or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure.
- 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 (măg′nəm).♦ 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-văl′ē, -vā′lē, -vä′-).