malum suboccipitaleAn obsolete, nonspecific term attributed to JN Rust (1775–1840) that formerly dignified:
(1) Tuberculosis of the first and second vertebrae; or
(2) Lesions of any aetiology (e.g., degenerative, infectious, neoplastic, traumatic) of the suboccipital region, which may be accompanied by cardiac arrhthymia, lingual atrophy, hypoglossal and/or vagal nerve paralysis and trigeminal neuralgia.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.