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microcephalic

[mahy-kroh-suh-fal-ik] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ səˈfæl ɪk/
adjective, Cephalometry, Pathology.
1.
having a head with a small braincase.
Also, microcephalous
[mahy-kroh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈsɛf ə ləs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of microcephalic
1855-1860
From the New Latin word microcephalicus, dating back to 1855-60. See micro-, cephalic
Related forms
microcephaly, noun
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Examples from the Web for microcephaly
Historical Examples
  • Lombroso attributes a series of cases of microcephaly to profound mental impressions occurring during pregnancy.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • microcephaly on the contrary shows inferiority of form (smallness, receding forehead, etc.), but not malformation.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • Pathological terminology includes the following nomenclature: macrocephaly, sub-macrocephaly, submicrocephaly, microcephaly.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • If, on the other hand, the maximum circumference is notably smaller, we are entering upon the anomaly of microcephaly.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • Some just show radiation abnormalities—giantism, microcephaly, and the like.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for microcephaly

microcephaly

/ˌmaɪkrəʊˈsɛfəlɪ/
noun
1.
the condition of having an abnormally small head or cranial capacity Compare megacephaly
Derived Forms
microcephalic (ˌmaɪkrəʊsɪˈfælɪk) adjective, noun
microcephalous, adjective
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Word Origin and History for microcephaly

microcephalic

adj.

"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.).

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microcephaly in Medicine

microcephaly mi·cro·ceph·a·ly (mī'krō-sěf'ə-lē)
n.
Abnormal smallness of the head. Also called nanocephaly.


mi'cro·ce·phal'ic (-sə-fāl'ĭk) adj.
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