Definition of “foramen” - English Dictionary


“foramen” in English

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foramennoun [ C ]

uk /fəˈreɪ.mən/ us /fəˈreɪ.mən/ plural foramina /fəˈreɪ.mɪ.nə/ /-mə-/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • It is formed from two centres, each of which is originally a ring round the carotid foramen. 
  • It is remarkable that neither of these observers should have noticed the foramen in the testa. 
  • The nerve trunks make their way out of the spinal canal through apertures between the vertebra, called the inter-vertebral foramina and then divide into numerous branches, their ramifications extending principally to the muscles and the skin. 
  • The next three pairs of nerves all arise from the medulla, and escape from the cavity of the skull through the same foramen. 
  • The teeth are smaller, and the infra-orbital foramen much larger. 

(Definition of “foramen” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)