[ sef-uh-luh s ]
/ ˈsɛf ə ləs /


having a head.

Nearby words

  1. cephalosporin,
  2. cephalosporinase,
  3. cephalostat,
  4. cephalothoracic,
  5. cephalothorax,
  6. cephalus,
  7. cepheid,
  8. cepheid variable,
  9. cepheid variables,
  10. cepheus

Origin of cephalous

First recorded in 1870–75; cephal- + -ous


a combining form meaning “having a head or heads” of the specified sort or number: brachycephalous.
Also -cephalic.

Origin of -cephalous

< Greek -kephalos -headed, derivative of kephalḗ head; see -ous

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Medicine definitions for cephalous



Having a specified kind of head or number of heads:nanocephalous.

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