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  1. of or relating to the encephalon or brain.
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Origin of encephalic

First recorded in 1825–35; encephal- + -ic
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Examples from the Web for encephalic

Historical Examples

  • The needle on the encephalic meter in the lid of the kit never flickered.

    Code Three

    Rick Raphael

  • If the serous or sero-sanguinolent effusion be considerable, the encephalic mass or portions of it may be anmic.

  • Before him, on encephalic films, their forms and faces moved as clearly as though both were in the room.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Encephalic lesions, adherence of the pia mater to the cerebrum, mean absolutely nothing in this question.


    J. K. Huysmans

  • It was not until to-day, after the lapse of nearly a month, that I happened upon my Encephalic chapter again.

    Christian Science

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for encephalic


  1. of or relating to the brain
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encephalic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the brain.
  2. Located within the cranial cavity.
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