a curved, compound bone forming the back and part of the base of the skull.
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Origin of occipital bone
First recorded in 1670–80
Words nearby occipital bone
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British Dictionary definitions for occipital bone
the saucer-shaped bone that forms the back part of the skull and part of its base
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Medical definitions for occipital bone
A bone at the lower and posterior part of the skull, consisting of basilar, condylar, and squamous parts and enclosing the foramen magnum.
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