pericranium

[ per-i-krey-nee-uh m ]
/ ˌpɛr ɪˈkreɪ ni əm /

noun, plural per·i·cra·ni·a [per-i-krey-nee-uh] /ˌpɛr ɪˈkreɪ ni ə/. Anatomy.

the outer periosteum of the cranium.

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 forms

per·i·cra·ni·al, adjectivesub·per·i·cra·ni·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pericranium

pericranium

/ (ˌpɛrɪˈkreɪnɪəm) /

noun plural -nia (-nɪə)

the fibrous membrane covering the external surface of the skull

Derived Forms

pericranial, adjective

Word Origin for pericranium

C16: New Latin, from Greek perikranion
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Medicine definitions for pericranium

pericranium

[ pĕr′ĭ-krānē-əm ]

n. pl. per•i•cra•ni•a (-nē-ə)

The external periosteum that covers the outer surface of the skull.

Related forms

per′i•crani•al adj.
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