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[per-i-krey-nee-uh m]
noun, plural per·i·cra·ni·a [per-i-krey-nee-uh] /ˌpɛr ɪˈkreɪ ni ə/. Anatomy.
  1. the outer periosteum of the cranium.
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Origin of pericranium

1515–25; < New Latin < Greek perikránion, noun use of neuter of perikránios surrounding the skull, equivalent to peri- peri- + kraní(on) cranium + -os adj. suffix
Related formsper·i·cra·ni·al, adjectivesub·per·i·cra·ni·al, adjective
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noun plural -nia (-nɪə)
  1. the fibrous membrane covering the external surface of the skull
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Derived Formspericranial, adjective

Word Origin for pericranium

C16: New Latin, from Greek perikranion
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pericranium in Medicine


n. pl. per•i•cra•ni•a (-nē-ə)
  1. The external periosteum that covers the outer surface of the skull.
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Related formsper′i•crani•al adj.
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