foramen-magnum

foramen magnum

[mag-nuhm]
noun Anatomy.
the large opening in the base of the skull forming the passage from the cranial cavity to the spinal canal.

Origin:
1880–85; < Neo-Latin: literally, great hole

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foramen magnum
 
n
the large opening at the base of the skull through which the spinal cord passes
 
[New Latin: large hole]

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foramen magnum foramen mag·num (māg'nəm)
n.
See great foramen.

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