The skull of an animal; especially, that part of the skull, either cartilaginous or bony, which immediately incloses the brain; the brain case or brainpan. See Skull.
braincase - the part of the skull that houses the brain.
Greek kranion = skull. (In anthropology = skull minus mandible) adjective - cranial.
a single compact cartilaginous block which encloses the brain, olfactory, and auditory capsules, and jaws loosely attached to it