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[ok-si-sef-uh-lee] /ˌɒk sɪˈsɛf ə li/
noun, Pathology.
a malformation in which the head is somewhat pointed, caused by premature closure of the skull sutures.
Also called acrocephaly.
Origin of oxycephaly
1890-95; < German Oxycephalie < Greek oxyképhal(os) sharp-headed (oxy- oxy-1 + kephal(ḗ) head + -os adj. suffix) + -ie -y3
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[ok-see-suh-fal-ik] /ˌɒk si səˈfæl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
oxycephalous, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for oxycephaly


(pathol) the condition of having a conical skull
Derived Forms
oxycephalic (ˌɒksɪsɪˈfælɪk), oxycephalous, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from Greek oxus sharp + -cephaly
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oxycephaly in Medicine

oxycephaly ox·y·ceph·a·ly (ŏk'sē-sěf'ə-lē)
A congenital abnormality of the skull in which the top of the head assumes a conical or pointed shape because of premature closing of the lambdoid and coronal sutures. Also called acrocephaly.

ox'y·ce·phal'ic (-sə-fāl'ĭk) or ox'y·ceph'a·lous (-sěf'ə-ləs) adj.
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