occipital

[ ok-sip-i-tl ]
/ ɒkˈsɪp ɪ tl /
Anatomy

adjective

of, relating to, or situated near the occiput or the occipital bone.

noun

any of several parts of the occiput, especially the occipital bone.

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Origin of occipital

1535–45; < Medieval Latin occipitālis, equivalent to Latin occipit- (stem of occiput) occiput + -ālis -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM occipital

oc·cip·i·tal·ly, adverbpre·oc·cip·i·tal, adjectivesu·per·oc·cip·i·tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for occipital

occipital
/ (ɒkˈsɪpɪtəl) /

adjective

of or relating to the back of the head or skull

noun

short for occipital bone
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Medical definitions for occipital

occipital
[ ŏk-sĭpĭ-tl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the occipital bone.

n.

The occipital bone.
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