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[mahy-kroh-suh-fal-ik] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ səˈfæl ɪk/
adjective, Cephalometry, Pathology.
having a head with a small braincase.
Also, microcephalous
[mahy-kroh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈsɛf ə ləs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of microcephalic
From the New Latin word microcephalicus, dating back to 1855-60. See micro-, cephalic
Related forms
microcephaly, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The satyrs are represented as being of the microcephalic type.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • What mattered the microcephalic imaginings of greasy Dave and his friends among the chorus?

    The Real Adventure

    Henry Kitchell Webster
  • To-day, however, the terms macrocephalic and microcephalic have come to be reserved for pathological cases.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • Mller had interested himself very much in microcephalic skulls and Virchow assisted him in the investigations of them.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
Word Origin and History for microcephalic

"small-headed," 1845, from French microcéphalique, from Modern Latin microcephalus, from Greek mikros "small" (see mica) + kephale "head" (see cephalo-). Related: Microcephalism; microcephalous (1840); microcephaly (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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