from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of the skull that encloses the brain; the cranium. Also called brainpan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of the skull that contains the brain; the cranium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. the part of the skull that encloses the brain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as brain-box.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the part of the skull that encloses the brain


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  • Five fossil human skulls show how the shape of the face and braincase of early humans changed over the past 2.5 million years. (from left to right: Australopithecus africanus, 2.5 million years old; Homo rudolfensis, 1.9 million years old; Homo erectus, ~ 1 million years old; Homo heidelbergensis, ~350,000 years old; Homo sapiens, ~ 4,800 years old)

    Smithsonian human origins exhibit elicits awe, protests

  • The image was so detailed that you could even make out the holes where blood vessels traveled from the animal's braincase.

    The Coolest Dude Alive

  • Its teeth are noticably larger than the wolves of today, and it also had proportionately, a slightly smaller braincase.

    April 2010

  • I have a broken left wrist, broken left arm, and again rib damage, but my brain, braincase, and spine are all good.

    Late, Late at Night

  • Its braincase was shattered, the top of it missing.

    The Search For WondLa

  • As they both knelt down next to Muthr, Eva could see that more of the thick liquid had run out of the braincase, soaking into the sand all around her.

    The Search For WondLa

  • Personally, I thought it seemed more humane given that the first stroke of the knife seems to go right through the braincase, vs dropping the whole animal in boiling water as they are typically cooked.

    A better way to die? | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Can something pressurized on the inside as I'm assuming for its braincase and those eyes be so weak on the outside?

    Transparent Fish Head

  • The complete skull with the large braincase is, as you probably knew, a modern human - an adult male.

    Telling apes from humans - The Panda's Thumb

  • I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching oversized braincase and the opposable thumb -- this animal barely up from the apes -- will endure, will endure longer than his home planet, will spread out to the other planets -- to the stars and beyond -- carrying with him his honesty, his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage, and his noble essential decency.

    SF Tidbits for 12/12/07


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  • See, also, salt cod.

    July 27, 2010

  • When I hear braincase, I picture a bookcase stocked with jars of pickled brains.

    July 26, 2010

  • *is no longer hungry, forever*

    July 22, 2010

  • On brain+pan: I watched the menu item brains and eggs being scrambled in a pan in a town-square diner in Bolivar, Mississippi in 1987. I passed on that and ordered the catfish fillet sandwich - the best I've ever sampled. "Brains and eggs" was more than I could handle, though I'd unsuccessfully tasted the eye and brains of a forever-steamed cow head in Leon, Guanajato, Mexico in 1978. The term brainfood is not one that I enjoy to this day.

    July 22, 2010

  • I ♥ "brainpan."

    July 22, 2010

  • One of my favorite Brain Pan Alley songs is called "Yes, We Have No Bananas." I'm forever getting it stuck in my head.

    July 21, 2010

  • I can't get the word "brainpan" out of my head. Seriously. It's like a bad song stuck there.

    July 21, 2010

  • The brainpan.

    July 21, 2010