Definition of occipital bone in US English:

occipital bone


  • The bone that forms the back and base of the skull, and through which the spinal cord passes.

    • ‘In general, neoplasms of the occipital bone are rather infrequent when compared to other bones of the skull.’
    • ‘The skull has a roughen surface to the parietal bone and the occipital bone.’
    • ‘When this slip inserts onto the occipital bone or mastoid process it is named splenius capitis accessorius.’
    • ‘They may extend from the spines of one or two cervical vertebrae and ligamentum nuchae to the occipital bone.’
    • ‘The anterior part of the upper lordosis is covered by a small muscular chain (three muscles) running from the occipital bone to T4.’


occipital bone

/äkˈsipədl ˌbōn/