noun, plural sin·ci·puts, sin·cip·i·ta [sin-sip-i-tuh] /sɪnˈsɪp ɪ tə/. Anatomy.
  1. the forepart of the skull.
  2. the upper part of the skull.

Origin of sinciput

1570–80; < Latin: literally, half-head < *sēm(i)-caput, equivalent to sēmi- semi- + caput head
Related formssin·cip·i·tal [sin-sip-i-tl] /sɪnˈsɪp ɪ tl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural sinciputs or sincipita (sɪnˈsɪpɪtə)
  1. anatomy the forward upper part of the skull
Derived Formssincipital, adjective

Word Origin for sinciput

C16: from Latin: half a head, from semi- + caput head
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Word Origin and History for sinciput

"forepart of the head," 1570s, from Latin sinciput "half a head," also "one of the smoked cheeks of a pig," from semi- (see semi-) + caput (see capitulum. Related: Sincipital.

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sinciput in Medicine


n. pl. sin•ci•puts
  1. The upper half of the cranium, especially the anterior portion above and including the forehead.
  2. The forehead.
Related formssin•cipi•tal (-sĭpĭ-tl) adj.
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