Foramen Definition

fə-rāmən
foramina
noun
foramina
A small opening or perforation, esp. in a bone or in a plant ovule.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
hiatus
other
An opening or short passage, especially in the body. &diamf3; The large opening in the base of the skull through which the spinal cord passes is called the foramen magnum (măg&STRESS;nəm). &diamf3; 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-văl&STRESS;ē, -vā&STRESS;lē, -vä&STRESS;-).
American Heritage Science

Other Word Forms of Foramen

Noun

Singular:
foramen
Plural:
foramina

Origin of Foramen

  • Latin forāmen an opening from forāre to bore

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin forāmen (“aperture, opening”).

    From Wiktionary

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