braincase

[breyn-keys]
noun
cranium ( def 2 ).
Also, brain case.


Origin:
1735–45; brain + case2

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braincase brain·case (brān'kās')
n.
The part of the skull that encloses the brain; the cranium.

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Characteristics of the braincase and middle ear bones were particularly
  revealing.
The skull's wide braincase coupled with a short, wide snout, are hallmarks of
  prehistoric dogs.
One fact you never hear discussed is that it would seem to take an ice age to
  actually increase our braincase capacity.
The scans revealed the fish had a pea-size brain much smaller than the
  braincase itself.
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