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[per-i-krey-nee-uh m] /ˌpɛr ɪˈkreɪ ni əm/
noun, plural pericrania
[per-i-krey-nee-uh] /ˌpɛr ɪˈkreɪ ni ə/ (Show IPA).
the outer periosteum of the cranium.
1515-25; < New Latin < Greek perikránion, noun use of neuter of perikránios surrounding the skull, equivalent to peri- peri- + kraní(on) cranium + -os adj. suffix
Related forms
pericranial, adjective
subpericranial, adjective Unabridged
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  • They communicate with the meningeal veins and the sinuses of the dura mater, and with the veins of the pericranium.
British Dictionary definitions for pericranium


noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə)
the fibrous membrane covering the external surface of the skull
Derived Forms
pericranial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: New Latin, from Greek perikranion
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pericranium in Medicine

pericranium per·i·cra·ni·um (pěr'ĭ-krā'nē-əm)
n. pl per·i·cra·ni·a (-nē-ə)
The external periosteum that covers the outer surface of the skull.

per'i·cra'ni·al adj.
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