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parietal bone

noun, Anatomy
1.
either of a pair of membrane bones forming, by their union at the sagittal suture, part of the sides and top of the skull.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705
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  • Near the center of the parietal bone is the parietal eminence.
British Dictionary definitions for parietal bone

parietal bone

noun
1.
either of the two bones forming part of the roof and sides of the skull
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parietal bone in Medicine

parietal bone n.
Either of two irregularly quadrilateral bones between the frontal and occipital bones that together form the sides and top of the skull.

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Encyclopedia Article for parietal bone

cranial bone forming part of the side and top of the head. In front each parietal bone adjoins the frontal bone; in back, the occipital bone; and below, the temporal and sphenoid bones. The parietal bones are marked internally by meningeal blood vessels and externally by the temporal muscles. They meet at the top of the head (sagittal suture) and form a roof for the cranium. The parietal bone forms in membrane (i.e., without a cartilaginous precursor); the sagittal suture closes between ages 22 and 31. In primates that have large jaws and well-developed chewing muscles (e.g., gorillas and baboons), the parietal bones may be continued upward at the midline to form a sagittal crest. Among early hominids, Paranthropus (also called Australopithecus robustus) sometimes exhibited a sagittal crest.

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