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

First recorded in 1800–10; cranio- + -logy
Related formscra·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
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Historical Examples of craniology

  • But Craniology or skull-study cannot perfect, nor can it positively demonstrate, the science.

    Buchanan's Journal of Man, January 1888


  • This would alone suffice to explain the pre-eminent position assigned to craniology in the natural history of man.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • The most amusing thing to me was an English lecture on craniology by Spurzheim.

  • Whether their skull indicates this by the modern principles of craniology, or not, I cannot say.

  • But the march of craniology or phrenology, by whatever name it is called, is directly the reverse of this.

    Thoughts on Man

    William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for craniology


  1. the branch of science concerned with the shape and size of the human skull, esp with reference to variations between different races
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Derived Formscraniological (ˌkreɪnɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivecraniologically, adverbcraniologist, noun
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craniology in Medicine


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