AskDefine | Define foramen

Dictionary Definition

foramen n : a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure [syn: hiatus] [also: foramina (pl)]

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English

Etymology

Latin, from forare.

Pronunciation

IPA: /fə'ɹeɪmɛn/

Noun

foramen (plural foramina)
  1. an opening, an orifice; a short passage
The skull contains a number of foramina through which arteries, veins, nerves, and other structures enter and exit. Wikipedia

Extensive Definition

In anatomy, a foramen (pl. foramina) is any opening.

Examples

Skull

See Foramina of skull

Other

An opening of the bone ( Vertebral Column )
foramen in German: Foramen
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