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macrocephalic

[mak-roh-suh-fal-ik]
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adjective
  1. Cephalometry. being or having a head with a large cranial capacity.
  2. Craniometry. being or having a skull with a large cranial capacity.
Also mac·ro·ceph·a·lous [mak-roh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌmæk roʊˈsɛf ə ləs/.

Origin of macrocephalic

1850–55; < Greek makroképhal(os) large-headed (see macro-, -cephalous) + -ic
Related formsmac·ro·ceph·a·ly, noun
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Examples from the Web for macrocephalic

Historical Examples

  • And in place of macrocephalic, we have for very large normal crania the new term megalocephalic.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori


Word Origin and History for macrocephalic

adj.

1851, from Greek makrokephalos; see macro-. Second element is from Greek kephale "head" (see cephalo-). Related: Macrocephalous; macrocephaly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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