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[mez-oh-suh-fal-ik, mes-, mee-zoh-, -soh-] /ˌmɛz oʊ səˈfæl ɪk, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zoʊ-, -soʊ-/
adjective, Cephalometry.
having a head with a cephalic index between that of dolichocephaly and brachycephaly.
Origin of mesocephalic
First recorded in 1855-60; meso- + -cephalic
Related forms
mesocephaly, noun Unabridged
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  • The Bossonians are of medium height and complexion, their eyes brown or grey, and they are mesocephalic.

    The Hyborian Age Robert E. Howard
  • They are brachycephalic with a cephalic index between 82 and 85; one was mesocephalic with an index of 78.

  • The Pawnees and Kiowas are tall and mesocephalic, with a tendency towards brachycephaly.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • Broca's "Kymric" skulls are mesocephalic; this he attributes to crossing with the short round-heads.

  • The average volume of the normal adult cranium is about 1,500 cubic centimetres: mesocephalic cranium.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
British Dictionary definitions for mesocephalic


having a medium-sized head, esp one with a cephalic index between 75 and 80
an individual with such a head
Derived Forms
mesocephaly (ˌmɛsəʊˈsɛfəlɪ) noun
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mesocephalic in Medicine

mesocephalic mes·o·ce·phal·ic (měz'ō-sə-fāl'ĭk, měs'-)
Having a head of medium breadth, with a cephalic index between 76 and 80.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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