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cranial

[krey-nee-uh l]
adjective
  1. of or relating to the cranium or skull.
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Origin of cranial

First recorded in 1790–1800; crani(um) + -al1
Related formscra·ni·al·ly, adverbin·ter·cra·ni·al, adjectivepre·cra·ni·al, adjectivepre·cra·ni·al·ly, adverbsub·cra·ni·al, adjectivesub·cra·ni·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for cranial

Historical Examples

  • Their brain, as shown by the cranial cavity, was still smaller.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • I even removed the cranial cap and examined the brain microscopically.

    The Long Voyage

    Carl Richard Jacobi

  • On the cranial and facial characters of the Neandertal Race.

  • The principal characters are cranial, and the same as those of the genus.

    Extinct Birds

    Walter Rothschild

  • They were familiar, too, with Auntie's grievance about the cranial peculiarity of William.

    Selina

    George Madden Martin


British Dictionary definitions for cranial

cranial

adjective
  1. of or relating to the skull
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Derived Formscranially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cranial

adj.

1800, from Modern Latin cranium, from Greek kranion "skull" (see cranium) + -al (1).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cranial in Medicine

cranial

(krānē-əl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the skull or cranium.
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cranial in Science

cranial

[krānē-əl]
  1. Located in or involving the skull or cranium.
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