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Pronunciation: vis'er-o-kra'ne-um

Definition: That part of the cranium derived from the embryonic pharyngeal arches; comprises the facial bones of the facial skeleton (under bone) and is distinct from that part of the cranium that forms the neurocranium (braincase).

Synonym(s): facial skeleton, cranium viscerale, visceral cranium, jaw skeleton, splanchnocranium

[viscero- + cranium]

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