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  1. of or relating to the head.
  2. situated or directed toward the head.

Origin of cephalic

1590–1600; < Latin cephalicus < Greek kephalikós of the head. See cephal-, -ic
Related formsce·phal·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·ce·phal·ic, adjectivepro·ce·phal·ic, adjectiveun·ce·phal·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for procephalic

Historical Examples

  • Procephalic lobes: in the embryo, form part of the anterior, overhanging portion of the head.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • The six segments behind the procephalic lobes are the six largest, and each of them bears two prominent appendages.

  • There is a distinct ganglionic thickening for the chelicer quite independent of the procephalic lobes.

  • In the procephalic lobes the epiblast is much thickened, and is formed of several rows of cells.

  • The caudal and procephalic lobes are very similar in appearance, but the procephalic lobe is slightly the wider of the two.

British Dictionary definitions for procephalic


  1. anatomy of or relating to the anterior part of the head


  1. of or relating to the head
  2. situated in, on, or near the head
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Word Origin and History for procephalic



"pertaining to the head," early 15c., from Latin cephalicus, from Greek kephalikos "pertaining to the head," from kephale (see cephalo-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

procephalic in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Relating to or located on or near the front of the head.


([object Object])
  1. Of or relating to the head.
  2. Located on, in, or near the head.
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procephalic in Science


  1. Located on or near the head.
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