a deep, paired, endochondral bone at the posterior end of the cranium on each side of the foramen magnum, often bearing articular facets for the first vertebra

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  • exoccipital — adjective Pertaining to a bone or region on each side of the great foremen of the skull …   Wiktionary

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  • exoccipital — I. |eks+ adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary exo + occipital : of or relating to a bone or region on each side of the foramen magnum of the skull II. noun : either of a pair of bones lying one on each side of the foramen… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Exoccipital condyle — The Exoccipital condyle is the recess at the base of the skull which connects to the spinal column. Similar to a ball and socket joint. Mammals and amphibians have 2. Birds have only 1 …   Wikipedia

  • exoccipital bone — one of the two lateral portions of the occipital bone, developing, from separate centers of ossification, into the portions that bear the condyles …   Medical dictionary

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