from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slope.
  • n. in anatomy, the sloping surface rising from the anterior margin of the foramen magnum to the crest of the dorsum ephippii, formed of the upper surfaces of the basilar process of the occipital bone and of the back part of the body of the sphenoid.
  • n. The superior surface of the vermis of the cerebellum.


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  • Before my wife had a fibrous dysplasia of bone removed from her clivus-- it was pressing on the brain and causing nasty headaches, among other problems-- she was able to get relief from the headaches by drinking frozen drinks fast enough to induce brain freeze.

    Mind Hacks: Brain freeze and 'ice cream headaches'

  • I also have a little knowledge about clivus multrum bath houses (composting) as well as solar water heaters and so on.

    straw bale homes in rainy areas? composting toilets?

  • It is formed by the dorsum sellæ and clivus of the sphenoid, the occipital, the petrous and mastoid portions of the temporals, and the mastoid angles of the parietal bones; it is crossed by the occipitomastoid and the parietomastoid sutures, and lodges the cerebellum, pons, and medulla oblongata.

    II. Osteology. 5d. The Interior of the Skull

  • It is divided by the preclival fissure into an anterior, raised part, the culmen or summit, and a posterior sloped part, the clivus; the quadrangular lobule is similarly divided.

    IX. Neurology. 4a. The Hind-brain or Rhombencephalon

  • It rests upon the clivus of the sphenoidal bone, and is limited above and below by well-defined borders.

    IX. Neurology. 4a. The Hind-brain or Rhombencephalon

  • The culmen and the anterior parts of the quadrangular lobules form the lobus culminis; the clivus and the posterior parts, the lobus clivi.

    IX. Neurology. 4a. The Hind-brain or Rhombencephalon

  • The horizontal branch passes backward to the folium vermis, greatly diminished in size in consequence of having given off large secondary branches; one, from its upper surface, ascends to the clivus monticuli; the others descend, and enter the lobes in the inferior vermis, viz., the tuber vermis, the pyramid, the uvula, and the nodule.

    IX. Neurology. 4a. The Hind-brain or Rhombencephalon

  • Behind the dorsum sellæ is a shallow depression, the clivus, which slopes obliquely backward, and is continuous with the groove on the basilar portion of the occipital bone; it supports the upper part of the pons.

    II. Osteology. 5a. 5. The Sphenoid Bone

  • The fourth pedestal, that recently discovered near S. Martino ai Monti, was raised at the crossing of two important streets, the _clivus suburanus_ (Via di S. Lucia in S.lci), and the _vicus sobrius_ (Via dei Quattro Cantoni), from which the statue was nicknamed _Mercurius S.brius_, "Mercury the teetotaller."

    Pagan and Christian Rome

  • In Taylor's case, the first tumor nestled into her clivus bone, the supporting structure for her brain. > News


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