(chiefly anatomy) The back part of the head or skull (contradistinct from sinciput).
Origin of occiput
Middle English from Latin occiputoccipit-ob-againstob–caputheadkaput- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinocciput, occipitium (“the back part of the head"), from ob (“over against") + caput (“head"). Compare sinciput.
Occiput Sentence Examples
Ears of moderate size, oval, erect, prominent, placed near the occiput.
The comparison of cranial indexes is rendered difficult by intentional flattening of the forehead and undesigned flattening of the occiput by the hard cradle-board.
The quadrato-mandibular joint is placed in a level far behind the occiput.
The skull is elongated, with an overhanging occiput, complete bony rims to the orbits, and the premaxillae separated from the arched and rather long nasals.
To these is attached the powerful elastic ligament (ligamentum nuchae, or " paxwax ") which, passing forwards in the middle line of the neck above the neural arches of the cervical vertebrae - to which it is also connected - is attached to the occiput and supports the weight of the head.