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[en-suh-fal-ik] /ˌɛn səˈfæl ɪk/
of or relating to the encephalon or brain.
Origin of encephalic
First recorded in 1825-35; encephal- + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The needle on the encephalic meter in the lid of the kit never flickered.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
  • If the serous or sero-sanguinolent effusion be considerable, the encephalic mass or portions of it may be anmic.

  • Before him, on encephalic films, their forms and faces moved as clearly as though both were in the room.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • encephalic lesions, adherence of the pia mater to the cerebrum, mean absolutely nothing in this question.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • It was not until to-day, after the lapse of nearly a month, that I happened upon my encephalic chapter again.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for encephalic


/ˌɛnsɪˈfælɪk; ˌɛnkɪ-/
of or relating to the brain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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encephalic in Medicine

encephalic en·ce·phal·ic (ěn'sə-fāl'ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to the brain.

  2. Located within the cranial cavity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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