Definition of occiput in US English:



  • The back of the head or skull.

    • ‘In their study, the highest interface pressures occurred under the occiput in young children and under the sacrum in older children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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Late Middle English: from Latin occiput, from ob- ‘against’ + caput ‘head’.