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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for sinciput

Historical Examples of sinciput

  • Sinciput: in Coleoptera; that part of the vertex between the eyes.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • See these peculiarities in the frontal sinus—in sinciput or occiput!

    Pictures of Southern Life

    William Howard Russell

  • Wani is the largest, above brown, below slaty-grey; the head grey, with a black zone across the sinciput.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia

    William Cornwallis Harris

  • Sinciput, sin′si-put, n. the forepart of the head from the forehead to the vertex.

British Dictionary definitions for sinciput


noun plural sinciputs or sincipita (sɪnˈsɪpɪtə)
  1. anatomy the forward upper part of the skull
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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.
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Related formssin•cipi•tal (-sĭpĭ-tl) adj.
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