occipital bone

noun Anatomy.

a curved, compound bone forming the back and part of the base of the skull.

Nearby words

  1. occidentalism,
  2. occidentalize,
  3. occidentally,
  4. occipital,
  5. occipital artery,
  6. occipital condyle,
  7. occipital lobe,
  8. occipital pole,
  9. occipital sinus,
  10. occipital vein

Origin of occipital bone

First recorded in 1670–80

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British Dictionary definitions for occipital bone

occipital bone


the saucer-shaped bone that forms the back part of the skull and part of its base
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Medicine definitions for occipital bone

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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