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- adj. Situated near or beside the occipital condyle or the occipital bone; paramastoid; applied especially to a process of the skull in some animals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Situated near or beside the occipital condyle or the occipital bone; paramastoid; -- applied especially to a process of the skull in some animals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Situated on the side of the hindhead, or in a lateral occipital position.
- n. A bone of the lateral occipital region of the skull, distinct from other bones, in a fish, for example: by Owen considered as the diapophysis of the occipital vertebra, and identified with the external, lateral, or superior occipital bone of some anatomists, and the mastoid of others. Also called epiotic.
- n. A certain lateral projection of the occipital bone proper; the paroccipital process of the occipital bone, especially when elongated or otherwise conspicuous: in some animals also called mastoid process.
The _bulla tympani_ or bulb of the ear is large as in the cats, but it is not divided into two compartments by a bony partition (which in the dogs is reduced to a low wall), but the paroccipital process or bony clamp on the external posterior surface is closely applied to the bulb as in the cats, and not separated by a groove as in the dogs.
The relation of this piece to the paroccipital of certain rep - tiles remains to be ascertained.
Beneath and towards the middle line of the skull is a part of another bone, which may be the paroccipital, or even exoccipital.