adjective Cephalometry.

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

First recorded in 1840–50; brachy- + -cephalic
Related formsbrach·y·ceph·a·ly [brak-ee-sef-uh-lee] /ˌbræk iˈsɛf ə li/, brach·y·ceph·a·lism, nounhy·per·brach·y·ce·phal·ic, adjectivehy·per·brach·y·ceph·a·ly, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brachycephalic

Historical Examples of brachycephalic

  • There were sixteen brachycephalic and thirteen mesaticephalic skulls.


    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

    Samuel Laing

British Dictionary definitions for brachycephalic


adjective Also: brachycephalous (ˌbrækɪˈsɛfələs)

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
Derived Formsbrachycephaly or brachycephalism, noun
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