American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The back part of the head or skull.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In man, the hinder part of the head, or that part of the skull which forms the hind part of the head; the hindhead; the posterior part of the calvarium, from the middle of the vertex to the foramen magnum: opposed to sinciput.
- n. In other vertebrates, a corresponding but varying part of the head or skull: as, in most mammals, only that part corresponding to the supraoccipital bone itself, or from the occipital protuberance to the foramen magnum.
- n. In descriptive ornith., a frequent term for the part of the head which slopes up from nucha to vertex. See diagram under bird.
- n. In herpetology, the generally flat back part of the top of the head, as where, in a snake for example, the occipital plates are situated.
- n. In entomology, that part of the head behind the epicranium, belonging to the labial or second maxillary segment, and articulating with the thorax. It may be flat or concave, with sharp edges, or rounded and not distinctly divided from the rest of the head. The occiput properly forms an arch over the occipital foramen, by which the cavity of the head opens into that of the thorax, the foramen being closed beneath by the gula or by the submentum; but in Diptera, Hymenoptera, and Neuroptera this lower piece is not distinguished, and the whole back of the head is then called the occiput; the portion above the foramen may be distinguished as the cervix or nape.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The back, or posterior, part of the head or skull; the region of the occipital bone.
- n. (Zoöl.) A plate which forms the back part of the head of insects.
- n. back part of the head or skull
- From Latin occiput, occipitium ("the back part of the head"), from ob ("over against") + caput ("head"). Compare sinciput. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin occiput, occipit- : ob-, against; see ob- + caput, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“‘occiput’, and the part intervening between the sinciput and the occiput is the ‘crown’.”
“In three years, I relearned how to walk, stand and sit and discovered the location of my scapulae , ischia and occiput.”
“I take that to mean books that pithed me straight through the occiput when I read them and changed the way I saw the world and my place in it, books that imprinted themselves so indelibly on my heart and mind that I don't have to have them in my hand to re-read them, I just need to shut my eyes and watch them unscroll in my imagination.”
“It hurt a little to look at her; he wanted to kiss the underside of her arm, her ear, her occiput, but he knew it mustn't happen.”
“It had entered just above and slightly forward of her right ear, but stopped short of midline; instead it went down and back toward the occiput.”
“However, some babies assume an occiput posterior position head down, with the back of the head against your back, which often results in a longer, more painful labor.”
“The best birth position for your baby is occiput anterior head down, with the back of the head against your belly.”
“Shaffer et al., “Manual rotation of the fetal occiput: Predictors of success and delivery,” Obstet Gynecol 194 2006: e7-9; C.”
“Le Ray et al., “Manual rotation in occiput posterior or transverse positions: risk factors and consequences on the cesarean delivery rate,” Obstet Gynecol 110(4) (2007): 873-79; O.”
“During this phase, your baby descends into your birth canal and likely completes rotation to the occiput anterior position see page 285.”
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