foramen[fō rā′mən, fə-]
foramen definition by Webster's New World
foramen definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. fo·ram·i·na or fo·ra·mens
An opening or orifice, as in a bone or in the covering of the ovule of a plant.
Origin: Latin forāmen, an opening, from forāre, to bore.
- fo·ramˈi·nal , fo·ramˈi·nous adjective
foramen - Medical Definition
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noun pl. fo·ra·mens or fo·ram·i·na
An aperture or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure.
- foraminal , fo·ramˈi·nous adjective
foramen - Science Definition
Plural foramina foramina or foramens
An opening or short passage, especially in the body. ♦ The large opening in the base of the skull through which the spinal cord passes is called the foramen magnum (măgˈnəm). ♦ The opening in the septum between the right and left atria of the heart, present in the fetus but usually closed soon after birth, is the foramen ovale (ō-vălˈē, -vāˈlē, -väˈ-).