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Occiput
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Latin occiput cranii
Artery occipital artery
Vein occipital vein
Lymph occipital lymph nodes

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

Clinical significance

Trauma to the occiput can cause a basilar skull fracture.

Prominent occiput is a feature of Trisomy 18 (Edward's Syndrome), along with small jaw, low-set ears, and mental retardation. It is also a feature of Trisomy 9.

Identification of the location of the fetal occiput is important in obstetrics.

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