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Noun, pl. occipita

1. The anatomical term for the posterior (back) portion of the head or skull. In insects, the occiput is the posterior part of the head capsule. (

2. The back part of the head or skull (contradistinct from sinciput). (

Word origin: From Latin occiput, occipitium “the back part of the head”, from ob “over against” + caput “head”.

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