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[mak-roh-suh-fal-ik] /ˌmæk roʊ səˈfæl ɪk/
Cephalometry. being or having a head with a large cranial capacity.
Craniometry. being or having a skull with a large cranial capacity.
Also, macrocephalous
[mak-roh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌmæk roʊˈsɛf ə ləs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of macrocephalic
1850-55; < Greek makroképhal(os) large-headed (see macro-, -cephalous) + -ic
Related forms
macrocephaly, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for macrocephaly
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  • Pathological terminology includes the following nomenclature: macrocephaly, sub-macrocephaly, submicrocephaly, microcephaly.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • In rickets, for instance, macrocephaly may occur in conjunction with a normal or even supernormal intelligence (Leopardi).

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • If we find a circumference greater than normal, we are beginning to enter upon the anomaly which goes by the name of macrocephaly.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
British Dictionary definitions for macrocephaly


the condition of having an abnormally large head or skull
Derived Forms
macrocephalic (ˌmækrəʊsɪˈfælɪk), macrocephalous, adjective
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Word Origin and History for macrocephaly



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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macrocephaly in Medicine

macrocephaly mac·ro·ceph·a·ly (māk'rō-sěf'ə-lē) or mac·ro·ce·pha·li·a (-sə-fā'lē-ə, -fāl'yə)
Abnormal largeness of the head. Also called megacephaly, megalocephaly.

mac'ro·ce·phal'ic (-sə-fāl'ĭk) or mac'ro·ceph'a·lous adj.
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