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cephalic

[ suh-fal-ik ]
/ səˈfæl ɪk /
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adjective

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

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Origin of cephalic

1590–1600; <Latin cephalicus<Greek kephalikós of the head. See cephal-, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM cephalic

ce·phal·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·ce·phal·ic, adjectivepro·ce·phal·ic, adjectiveun·ce·phal·ic, adjective

Definition for cephalic (2 of 2)

-cephalic

variant of -cephalous: brachycephalic.

Origin of -cephalic

<Greek -kephal(os) -cephalous + -ic
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WORDS THAT USE -CEPHALIC

What does -cephalic mean?

The combining form -cephalic is used like a suffix meaning “having a head or heads.” It is often used in medical and scientific terms.

The form -cephalic comes from the Greek kephalḗ, meaning “head.”

The combining form -cephalic is a variant of -cephalous, as in dicephalous.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use -cephalous article.

Corresponding forms of -cephalic combined to the beginning of words are cephalo- and cephal-, which you can learn more about in our Words That Use articles for each form.

Also deriving from kephalḗ are the combining forms encephalo- and encephal-, meaning “brain.” Discover how these forms are used in our Words That Use encephalo- and encephal- articles.

Examples of -cephalic

One example of a botany term that uses -cephalic is monocephalic, meaning “bearing one flower head,” like a dandelion or domesticated sunflower.

The first part of monocephalic might look familiar to you. Mono means “one, single, alone.” The second part of the word, -cephalic, means “having a head,” as we’ve seen. So, monocephalic literally translates to “having a single head.”

What are some words that use the combining form –cephalic?

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The term isocephalic is a term sometimes used in fine arts to describe figures which have a body part that are all composed at approximately the same level (iso means “equal”). Which body part does isocephalic refer to?

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British Dictionary definitions for cephalic (1 of 2)

cephalic
/ (sɪˈfælɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to the head
situated in, on, or near the head

British Dictionary definitions for cephalic (2 of 2)

-cephalic

-cephalous


adj combining form

indicating skull or head; -headedbrachycephalic

Derived forms of -cephalic

-cephaly or -cephalism, n combining form

Word Origin for -cephalic

from Greek -kephalos
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Medical definitions for cephalic (1 of 2)

cephalic
[ sə-fălĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to the head.
Located on, in, or near the head.

Medical definitions for cephalic (2 of 2)

-cephalic

suff.

Having a specified kind or number of heads:dolichocephalic.
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Scientific definitions for cephalic

cephalic
[ sə-fălĭk ]

Located on or near the head.
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