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macrocephalic

[mak-roh-suh-fal-ik]
adjective
  1. Cephalometry. being or having a head with a large cranial capacity.
  2. Craniometry. being or having a skull with a large cranial capacity.
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Also mac·ro·ceph·a·lous [mak-roh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌmæk roʊˈsɛf ə ləs/.

Origin of macrocephalic

1850–55; < Greek makroképhal(os) large-headed (see macro-, -cephalous) + -ic
Related formsmac·ro·ceph·a·ly, noun
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Examples from the Web for macrocephaly

Historical Examples

  • In rickets, for instance, macrocephaly may occur in conjunction with a normal or even supernormal intelligence (Leopardi).

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

  • Pathological terminology includes the following nomenclature: macrocephaly, sub-macrocephaly, submicrocephaly, microcephaly.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

  • If we find a circumference greater than normal, we are beginning to enter upon the anomaly which goes by the name of macrocephaly.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori


British Dictionary definitions for macrocephaly

macrocephaly

less commonly macrocephalia (ˌmækrəʊsɪˈfeɪlɪə)

noun
  1. the condition of having an abnormally large head or skull
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Derived Formsmacrocephalic (ˌmækrəʊsɪˈfælɪk) or macrocephalous, adjective
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Word Origin and History for macrocephaly

macrocephalic

adj.

1851, from Greek makrokephalos; see macro-. Second element is from Greek kephale "head" (see cephalo-). Related: Macrocephalous; macrocephaly.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

macrocephaly in Medicine

macrocephaly

(măk′rō-sĕfə-lē)
n.
  1. Abnormal largeness of the head.megacephaly megalocephaly
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Related formsmac′ro•ce•phalic (-sə-fălĭk) null adj.
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