Within the cranium, the bony dome that houses and protects the brain. An intracranial hemorrhage is bleeding within the cranium due, for example, to a stroke or leakage of blood from an aneurysm in the brain. The intracranial pressure is the pressure on brain and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the cranium. Julius Caesar and his fellow Romans called the skull the "cranium" Today as a rule the "cranium" is taken to be the skull minus the mandible (the jaw bone).
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Within the skull.

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in·tra·cra·ni·al -'krā-nē-əl adj situated or occurring within the cranium <\intracranial pressure> also affecting or involving intracranial structures
in·tra·cra·ni·al·ly -nē-ə-lē adv

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within the skull.

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in·tra·cra·ni·al (in″trə-kraґne-əl) within the cranium.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • intracranial — [in΄trə krā′nē əl] adj. existing or occurring within the cranium [intracranial pressure] …   English World dictionary

  • Intracranial — In tra*cra ni*al, a. Within the cranium or skull. Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intracranial — adjective Date: circa 1849 existing or occurring within the cranium; also affecting or involving intracranial structures • intracranially adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Intracranial — …   Wikipedia

  • intracranial — /in treuh kray nee euhl/, adj. being or occurring within the skull. [1840 50; INTRA + CRANIAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • intracranial — adjective Of or pertaining to the brain or inside of the head. Within the cranium …   Wiktionary

  • intracranial — adj. within the skull …   English contemporary dictionary

  • intracranial — adjective within the skull. Derivatives intracranially adverb …   English new terms dictionary

  • intracranial — in·tra·cranial …   English syllables

  • intracranial — adj. within the skull …   The new mediacal dictionary

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