[ krey-nee-ol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌkreɪ niˈɒl ə dʒi /


the science that deals with the size, shape, and other characteristics of human skulls.

Origin of craniology

First recorded in 1800–10; cranio- + -logy

Related forms

cra·ni·o·log·i·cal [krey-nee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌkreɪ ni əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivecra·ni·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbcra·ni·ol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for craniology


/ (ˌkreɪnɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /


the branch of science concerned with the shape and size of the human skull, esp with reference to variations between different races

Derived Forms

craniological (ˌkreɪnɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivecraniologically, adverbcraniologist, noun
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Medicine definitions for craniology


[ krā′nē-ŏlə-jē ]


The scientific study of the characteristics of the skull, such as size and shape, especially in humans.
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