Origin of cephalometry

First recorded in 1895–1900; cephalo- + -metry
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British Dictionary definitions for cephalometry


  1. measurement of the dimensions of the human head by radiography: used mainly in orthodontics
  2. measurement of the dimensions of the fetal head by radiography or ultrasound
Derived Formscephalometric (ˌsɛfələʊˈmɛtrɪk), adjective
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cephalometry in Medicine


  1. The scientific measurement of the bones of the cranium and the face.
  2. A scientific study of the measurement of the head with relation to specific reference points to assess facial growth and development.
Related formsceph′a•lo•metric (-lō-mĕtrĭk) adj.ceph′a•lo•metrics (-rĭks) n.
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