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noun, Anatomy.
a curved, compound bone forming the back and part of the base of the skull.
the saucer-shaped bone that forms the back part of the skull and part of its base

occipital bone n.
A bone at the lower and posterior part of the skull, consisting of basilar, condylar, and squamous parts and enclosing the foramen magnum.


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