occiput

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From Latin occiput, occipitium (the back part of the head), from ob (over against) + caput (head). Compare sinciput.

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occiput (plural occipita or occiputs)

  1. (chiefly anatomy) The back part of the head or skull (contradistinct from sinciput).
    • 1953, Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation (1971 Panther Books Ltd publication), part II: “Search by the Foundation”, chapter 9: ‘The Conspirators’, page 95, ¶ 8
      And then came Turbor, who sat quietly and unemotionally through the fifteen minute process, and Munn, who jerked at the first touch of the electrodes, and then spent the session rolling his eyes as though he wished he could turn them backwards and watch through a hole in his occiput.

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occiput m (plural occiputs)

  1. (anatomy) occiput (back of the head or skull)

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