foramen

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Borrowed from Latin forāmen (aperture or opening produced by boring), from forō (to pierce or bore) +‎ -men (nominal suffix).

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foramen (plural foramina or foramens)

  1. (anatomy) An opening, an orifice, or a short passage, especially in a bone.
    The skull contains a number of foramina through which arteries, veins, nerves, and other structures enter and exit.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      That is better! There is - as I have explained - a slight want of alignment in the cervical vertebrae which has, as I perceive it, the effect of lessening the foramina through which the nerve roots emerge.
    Hyponyms: alar foramen, foramen cecum, foramen magnum, foramen of Magendie, foramen of Monro, foramen of Morgagni, foramen of Winslow, foramen ovale, foramen triosseum, neuroforamen, parietal foramen, sphenopalatine foramen

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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forāmen n (genitive forāminis); third declension

  1. (Classical Latin, rare) an opening or aperture produced by boring; a hole
  2. (transferred sense, Late Latin) an opening, hole, cave
    Synonym: caverna
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Third-declension noun (neuter, imparisyllabic non-i-stem).

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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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin forāmen (aperture, opening).

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  • IPA(key): /foˈɾamen/, [foˈɾa.mẽn]

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foramen m (plural forámenes)

  1. (anatomy) foramen

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