from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An opening or orifice, as in a bone or in the covering of the ovule of a plant.
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- n. an opening, an orifice; a short passage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small opening, perforation, or orifice; a fenestra.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy and zoology, a hole or an opening; an orifice; a fissure; a short passage.
- n. In botany, an opening of any kind; specifically, the orifice of the coats of the ovule.
- n. See the adjectives.
- n. The carotid canal itself.
- n. Posterior, for the passage of a vein.
- n. Of the medulla oblongata, a cul-de-sac forming the termination of the anterior median fissure behind the pons. Also called foramen cæcum of Vicq d'Azyr.
- n. Of the tongue, a depression about the large middle circumvallate papilla.
- n. Of the sphenoid bone, a hole in the greater wing of the sphenoid, or between this and the temporal bone, for the passage of the third division of the fifth cranial nerve. See cut under sphenoid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
"If the foramen is not open," Costa stresses, "there is no flow of spirit to the posterior part of the brain and the person does not remember and will not respond to the questions he is asked.
The first is a structure called the foramen ovale.
Nerves exit the spine through a small space called a foramen.
What we do know for certain is that walking bipedally coincided with a change in where our spinal column enters the skull through a "big hole" called the foramen magnum.
It travels through an opening, or foramen, that is close to the jawbone and serves many of the organs of the upper chest, including the heart, stomach, and esophagus.
Near the middle of this surface is the nutrient foramen, which is directed downward.
The Anterior Median Fissure (fissura mediana anterior; ventral or ventromedian fissure) contains a fold of pia mater, and extends along the entire length of the medulla oblongata: it ends at the lower border of the pons in a small triangular expansion, termed the foramen cecum.
The curved, expanded plate behind the foramen magnum is named the squama; the thick, somewhat quadrilateral piece in front of the foramen is called the basilar part, whilst on either side of the foramen is the lateral portion.
At the junction of the upper and middle thirds of the volar surface is the nutrient foramen, which is directed obliquely upward.
Above the foramen is the margin of the orbit, which affords attachment to part of the Quadratus labii superioris.