- short-headed; having a cephalic index of 81.0–85.4.
Also brach·y·ceph·a·lous [brak-ee-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌbræk iˈsɛf ə ləs/.
Origin of brachycephalic
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There were sixteen brachycephalic and thirteen mesaticephalic skulls.Degeneracy
Eugene S. Talbot
The skull is brachycephalic with an average index of about 80.Man, Past and Present
Agustus Henry Keane
They are the shortest and most brachycephalic race in Europe.
If a brachycephalic father adopts a dolichocephalic son, the legal act cannot change the shape of the adopted son's skull.Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists
James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen
The main distinction taken is between dolichocephalic and brachycephalic, or long and broad skulls.Human Origins
- having a head nearly as broad from side to side as from front to back, esp one with a cephalic index over 80
- an individual with such a head
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