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cranial

[krey-nee-uh l] /ˈkreɪ ni əl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the cranium or skull.
Origin of cranial
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; crani(um) + -al1
Related forms
cranially, adverb
intercranial, adjective
precranial, adjective
precranially, adverb
subcranial, adjective
subcranially, adverb
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Examples from the Web for cranial
Historical Examples
  • Their brain, as shown by the cranial cavity, was still smaller.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • I even removed the cranial cap and examined the brain microscopically.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
  • On the cranial and facial characters of the Neandertal Race.

  • The principal characters are cranial, and the same as those of the genus.

    Extinct Birds Walter Rothschild
  • They were familiar, too, with Auntie's grievance about the cranial peculiarity of William.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • An index of cranial development is afforded by the maximum circumference.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • At the age of three, the ossification of the cranial vault has been completed.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • The cranial cavity is of small size, and is never much elevated.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The cranial cavity is large and rounded, and has thin smooth walls.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Indeed, some show no approach to washingtoni in cranial characters.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
British Dictionary definitions for cranial

cranial

/ˈkreɪnɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the skull
Derived Forms
cranially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cranial
adj.

1800, from Modern Latin cranium, from Greek kranion "skull" (see cranium) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cranial in Medicine

cranial cra·ni·al (krā'nē-əl)
adj.
Of or relating to the skull or cranium.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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cranial in Science
cranial
  (krā'nē-əl)   
Located in or involving the skull or cranium.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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