from The Century Dictionary.
- In entomology, pertaining to or situated on the epicranium, or upper surface of an insect's head.
- In anatomy, situated upon the cranium or skull: specifically applied to the tendinous part of the occipitofrontalis muscle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Anat.) Pertaining to the epicranium.
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- adjective anatomy Pertaining to the
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The galea aponeurotica (epicranial aponeurosis) covers the upper part of the cranium; behind, it is attached, in the interval between its union with the Occipitales, to the external occipital protuberance and highest nuchal lines of the occipital bone; in front, it forms a short and narrow prolongation between its union with the Frontales.
If the epicranial aponeurosis is divided, the "dangerous area" between it and the pericranium is opened, and if infection occurs, it may lead to widespread suppuration.
The vessels, which run in the subcutaneous tissue, superficial to the epicranial aponeurosis, anastomose freely with one another and across the middle line.
On account of the density of the integument and its close connection with the aponeurosis, scalp wounds do not gape unless the epicranial aponeurosis is widely divided.
# -- The _skin_ of the scalp is intimately united to the _epicranial aponeurosis_ by a network of firm fibrous tissue containing some granular fat, and representing the subcutaneous connective tissue.