[krip-tuh-zahy-guh s]

adjective Craniometry.

having the skull broad and the face narrow.

Nearby words

  1. cryptovolcanic,
  2. cryptozoic,
  3. cryptozoite,
  4. cryptozoology,
  5. cryptozoon,
  6. cryselephantine,
  7. cryst.,
  8. crystal,
  9. crystal ball,
  10. crystal class

Origin of cryptozygous

1875–80; crypto- + zyg- (as in zygoma) + -ous

Related formscryp·to·zy·gy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for cryptozygous


[krĭp′tō-zīgəs, krĭp-tŏzĭ-gəs]


Having a narrow face as compared with the width of the cranium, so that the zygomatic arches are not visible when the skull is viewed from above.

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