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Skull:Medical Terms

There 8 individual bones of the cranium that are immovably united by sutures.

cranium The skull; that portion of the skull which encloses the brain
frontal Pertaining to the forehead or forehead bone
parietal Pertaining to the two bones that form most of the roof and upper sides of the cranium
temporal Pertaining to the temple or central sides of the cranium; of the two bones of the cranium located below and around each ear
occipital Pertaining to the back and most of the lower base of the skull
sphenoid Wedge-shaped; pertaining to the bat-shaped bone that extends behind the eyes, forming the anterior base of the cranium and part of each orbit
ethmoid Sieve-like, pertaining to the delicate bone that forms much of the internal nasal structure and part of each orbit
suture One of the jagged seams that unite the adjoining bones of the skull
fontanel A space located at the junction of the sutures in the skull of the infant. The fontanels are often called "soft spots"
sinus One of the eight air-filled cavities in the skull that communicate with the nasal cavity
Created by: lorriej