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occipital

[ok-sip-i-tl]Anatomy
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or situated near the occiput or the occipital bone.
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noun
  1. 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
Related formsoc·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

adjective
  1. of or relating to the back of the head or skull
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noun
  1. short for occipital bone
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Word Origin and History for occipital

adj.

1540s, from Middle French occipital, from Medieval Latin occipitalis, from Latin occiput (genitive occipitis) "back of the skull," from ob "against, behind" (see ob-) + caput "head" (see capitulum).

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occipital in Medicine

occipital

(ŏk-sĭpĭ-tl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the occipital bone.
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n.
  1. The occipital bone.
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