The Occipital Bone is one of the cranial
bones of the head.
Back and base of the cranium, forms the back of the skull.
Non-technically: Lower back of the head.
The occipital condyles (rounded surfaces at the base of the occipital bone)
articulate with the atlas (first vertebra of the spine), enabling movement
of the head relative to the spine.
Has a large opening called the Foramen Magnus which the spinal cord passes
Other related pages include Structure
and Functions of Bones (generally),
of the Skeletal System and Bones
of the Arms & Legs.
These may be of particular interest to students of courses in Massage, Reflexology,
Beauty Therapies, and other basic-level medical or clinical courses.
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