AskDefine | Define occiput

Dictionary Definition

occiput n : back part of the head or skull [also: occipita (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



occiput (plural: occipita or occiputs)
  1. The back of the head or skull.

Derived terms


back of the head or skull

Extensive Definition

The occiput is the anatomical term for the posterior portion of the head.

Clinical significance

Trauma to the occiput can cause a basilar skull fracture.
Identification of the location of the fetal occiput is important in obstetrics.


External links

occiput in Polish: Potylica
occiput in Finnish: Takaraivo
occiput in Portuguese: Occipício
occiput in Thai: ท้ายทอย
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