Foramen meaning

fə-rā'mən
An opening or orifice, as in a bone or in the covering of the ovule of a plant.
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A small opening or perforation, esp. in a bone or in a plant ovule.
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An opening or orifice, as in a bone or in the covering of the ovule of a plant.
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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;-).
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(anatomy) 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. w:Category:Foramina of the skull.

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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