Definition of occiput in English:

occiput

noun

Anatomy
  • The back of the head or skull.

    • ‘At surgery, there was a significant deformity of the cranial vault at the level of the occiput and first and second cervical vertebrae.’
    • ‘The left hip is more commonly affected, presumably because of the left occiput anterior position of most vertex-presenting newborns.’
    • ‘In their study, the highest interface pressures occurred under the occiput in young children and under the sacrum in older children.’
    • ‘The supraoccipital is essentially an unpaired dermal bone of the occiput.’
    • ‘The helmet alleviates the pressure on the flattened area of the occiput and allows the skull to grow faster in the desired directions.’
    back, back part, hind part, back end, other end
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin occiput, from ob- ‘against’ + caput ‘head’.

Pronunciation

occiput

/ˈäksəpət//ˈɑksəpət/