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occiput

[ok-suh-puht, -puh t] /ˈɒk səˌpʌt, -pət/
noun, plural occiputs, occipita
[ok-sip-i-tuh] /ɒkˈsɪp ɪ tə/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy
1.
the back part of the head or skull.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin, equivalent to oc- oc- + -ciput, combining form of caput head
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British Dictionary definitions for occiput

occiput

/ˈɒksɪˌpʌt; -pət/
noun (pl) occiputs, occipita (ɒkˈsɪpɪtə)
1.
the back part of the head or skull
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, from ob- at the back of + caput head
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occiput in Medicine

occiput oc·ci·put (ŏk'sə-pŭt', -pət)
n. pl. oc·ci·puts or oc·cip·i·ta (ŏk-sĭp'ĭ-tə)
The back part of the head or skull.

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Encyclopedia Article for occiput

occipital

bone forming the back and back part of the base of the cranium, the part of the skull that encloses the brain. It has a large oval opening, the foramen magnum, through which the medulla oblongata passes, linking the spinal cord and brain. The occipital adjoins five of the other seven bones forming the cranium: at the back of the head, the two parietal bones; at the side, the temporal bones; and in front, the sphenoid bone, which also forms part of the base of the cranium. The occipital is concave internally to hold the back of the brain and is marked externally by nuchal (neck) lines where the neck musculature attaches. The occipital forms both in membrane and in cartilage; these parts fuse in early childhood. The seam, or suture, between the occipital and the sphenoid closes between ages 18 and 25, that with the parietals between ages 26 and 40.

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