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

  • n. The upper domelike portion of the skull without the lower jaw or the lower jaw and the facial parts.

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  • n. The upper, domelike portion of the skull (without the lower jaw)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That part of the cranium which is above the orbits, temples, and occipital protuberance; the skull-cap.


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

Latin calvāria, skull, from calva, from calvus, bald.


  • The osseous envelope of the brain, called calvarium, Z B, holds serial order with the cervical spinous processes, E I, and these with the dorsal spinous processes.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • In the human "calvarium" in question, the mid-line traced backward from the super-orbital ridge runs along a smooth track.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882

  • What is posed as the "Neanderthal skull" is the roof of the brain-case, or "calvarium" of the anatomist, including the pent-house overhanging the eye-holes or

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882

  • His brain had swollen and it was possible he would need surgery to drill holes in his skull that would keep the brain from crushing itself against the calvarium.

    In the Still of the Night

  • “Do you know of any physician who would have diagnosed OI based on the eighteen-week ultrasound of a demineralized calvarium, a shortened femur, and no obvious skeletal fractures?”

    Handle with Care

  • Based on the short femur length and demineralized calvarium?

    Handle with Care

  • Had I known back then, long before I knew you and your illness, that a demineralized calvarium was a hallmark of OI?

    Handle with Care

  • There ` s no mention that the calvarium (ph), the cup that the brain is, is intact, but there ` s blunt force trauma on the top of the head and there ` s abrasions on the body.

    CNN Transcript Nov 6, 2007

  • The show, amazingly enough, was a history programme of the progression from the original pre-Darwinian discovery in Neander Valley of the original Neanderthal calvarium towards the modern australopithecine theories about branching trees.

    A TV show that might not suck - The Panda's Thumb

  • Examine brain by making incision from ear to ear across vertex, reflect scalp forwards and backwards, and saw off calvarium.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology


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  • The brain case.

    March 21, 2009