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

  • n. A plural of foramen.

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  • n. Plural form of foramen.


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  • The subarachnoid cavity communicates with the general ventricular cavity of the brain by three openings; one, the foramen of Majendie, is in the middle line at the inferior part of the roof of the fourth ventricle; the other two are at the extremities of the lateral recesses of that ventricle, behind the upper roots of the glossopharyngeal nerves and are known as the foramina of Luschka.

    IX. Neurology. 4g. The Meninges of the Brain and Medulla Spinalis

  • Occasionally two additional canals are present in the middle line; they are termed the foramina of Scarpa, and when present transmit the nasopalatine nerves, the left passing through the anterior, and the right through the posterior canal.

    II. Osteology. 5b. 2. The Maxillæ (Upper Jaw)

  • Occasionally two additional canals are present in the incisive foramen; they are termed the foramina of Scarpa and are situated in the middle line; when present they transmit the nasopalatine nerves.

    II. Osteology. 5c. The Exterior of the Skull

  • Here there are superior and inferior foramina which isolate two arches, of which the inferior is the zygomatic.

    Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

  • Too bad it doesn't really change the fact that your cranium's the most pathetic lie concocted on mankind, foramina at the base of the skull cracking open upon impact, imploding like fruit stepped on.


  • Fenestrule confessionum unum pedem habent non distantibus cancellis plurimum propter surdas; verumtamen foramina possunt esse ceteris strictiora.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • Lip thing: One of the SVP presentations this year found that, in living amniotes, lips, cheeks, and epidermal tooth coverings space out according to number of foramina in the premax/max/dentaries.

    Life's Time Capsule: me, 3D and Plateosaurus...

  • Miss Warden, suppose, just to refresh all our memories, you run over the foramina opening into the spheno-maxillary fossa, and the structures passing through them.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • And, everyone, as a follow-up to the earlier post on critiquing/reviewing your friends 'work in public forums (fora? foramina?), if I ever post anything, like say a drawing of otters as a random totally-out-of-nowhere example, and there's anything wonky about it, yes, please feel free to say something.

    In case there isn't enough cuteness in your life

  • In every detail – the distribution of concavities and foramina, the articulatory surfaces for other bones, the tooth shape, wear pattern and surface microstructure, the internal tooth structure (determined by CT scanning) – the specimen is indisputably dicynodont, and not matched by anything else.

    Archive 2006-05-01


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