cephalic

[ suh-fal-ik ]
/ səˈfæl ɪk /

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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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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