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cranium

Pronunciation: kra'ne-um, -a

Definition: The bones of the head collectively. The neurocranium is the part of cranium that forms the bony brain case containing the brain, excluding the bones of the face (viscerocranium).

Synonym(s): skull

[Mediev. L. fr. G. kranion]

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