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cephalic

[suh-fal-ik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the head.
  2. situated or directed toward the head.
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Origin of cephalic

1590–1600; < Latin cephalicus < Greek kephalikós of the head. See cephal-, -ic
Related formsce·phal·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·ce·phal·ic, adjectivepro·ce·phal·ic, adjectiveun·ce·phal·ic, adjective

-cephalic

  1. variant of -cephalous: brachycephalic.
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Origin of -cephalic

< Greek -kephal(os) -cephalous + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for cephalic

cephalic

adjective
  1. of or relating to the head
  2. situated in, on, or near the head
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-cephalic

-cephalous

adj combining form
  1. indicating skull or head; -headedbrachycephalic
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Derived Forms-cephaly or -cephalism, n combining form

Word Origin

from Greek -kephalos
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Word Origin and History for cephalic

adj.

"pertaining to the head," early 15c., from Latin cephalicus, from Greek kephalikos "pertaining to the head," from kephale (see cephalo-).

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cephalic in Medicine

cephalic

(sə-fălĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the head.
  2. Located on, in, or near the head.
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-cephalic

suff.
  1. Having a specified kind or number of heads:dolichocephalic.
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cephalic in Science

cephalic

[sə-fălĭk]
  1. Located on or near the head.
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