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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The external periosteum that covers the outer surface of the skull.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The external periosteum of the cranium.
  • noun 2. The general surface or extent of the cranial bones; the cranium or skull itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) The periosteum which covers the cranium externally; the region around the cranium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy The membrane (or periosteum) which covers the outer surface of the skull.
  • noun humorous The head, skull; one's mind.

Etymologies

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

[New Latin pericrānium, from Greek perikrānion, from neuter of perikrānios, around the skull : peri-, peri- + krānion, cranium; see cranium.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From late Latin pericranium, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek περικράνιον, noun use of the neuter form of περικράνιος ("around the skull"), from περί ("around") + κρανίον ("skull").

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