of or relating to the head.
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


variant of -cephalous: brachycephalic.

Origin of -cephalic

< Greek -kephal(os) -cephalous + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for cephalic



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



adj combining form

indicating skull or head; -headedbrachycephalic
Derived Forms-cephaly or -cephalism, n combining form

Word Origin for -cephalic

from Greek -kephalos
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Word Origin and History for cephalic

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

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cephalic in Medicine




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



Having a specified kind or number of heads:dolichocephalic.
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cephalic in Science



Located on or near the head.
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