foramen

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From Latin forāmen (aperture, opening).

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foramen (plural foramina or foramens)

  1. (anatomy) an opening, an orifice; a short passage.
    The skull contains a number of foramina through which arteries, veins, nerves, and other structures enter and exit. w:Category:Foramina of the skull

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From forō (pierce, bore) +‎ -men (noun-forming suffix).

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forāmen n (genitive forāminis); third declension

  1. opening, aperture, hole
  2. (figuratively) a cave

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Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative forāmen forāmina
genitive forāminis forāminum
dative forāminī forāminibus
accusative forāmen forāmina
ablative forāmine forāminibus
vocative forāmen forāmina

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  • foramen in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • foramen in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “foramen”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • foramen in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin forāmen (aperture, opening).

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  • IPA(key): [fo̞ˈɾa̠.me̞n]

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foramen m (plural forámenes)

  1. (anatomy) foramen

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