from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to the splenium, especially describing the pair of muscles, at the back of the neck, that move the head and neck
  • n. splenial bone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Designating the splenial bone.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the splenial bone or splenius muscle.
  • n. The splenial bone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology and anatomy: Acting like a splint or clasp; having the character of a splenial: noting one of the pieces of the compound ramus of the lower jaw of many vertebrates below mammals.
  • Of or pertaining to the splenium of the brain: as, the splenial border of the corpus callosum. See splenium.
  • Of or pertaining to a splenius: as, the splenial muscles of the neck.
  • n. The splenial element of the compound mandible of a vertebrate below a mammal.


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  • The inner alveolar border, usually described as arising from a separate ossific center (splenial center), is formed in the human mandible by an ingrowth from the main mass of the bone.

    II. Osteology. 5b. 8. The Mandible (Lower Jaw)


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