[mez-oh-suh-fal-ik, mes-, mee-zoh-, -soh-]

adjective Cephalometry.

having a head with a cephalic index between that of dolichocephaly and brachycephaly.

Origin of mesocephalic

First recorded in 1855–60; meso- + -cephalic
Related formsmes·o·ceph·al·y, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mesocephalic

Historical Examples of mesocephalic

  • The Bossonians are of medium height and complexion, their eyes brown or grey, and they are mesocephalic.

    The Hyborian Age

    Robert E. Howard

  • They are brachycephalic with a cephalic index between 82 and 85; one was mesocephalic with an index of 78.

  • The Pawnees and Kiowas are tall and mesocephalic, with a tendency towards brachycephaly.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • Broca's "Kymric" skulls are mesocephalic; this he attributes to crossing with the short round-heads.

  • The average volume of the normal adult cranium is about 1,500 cubic centimetres: mesocephalic cranium.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

British Dictionary definitions for mesocephalic



having a medium-sized head, esp one with a cephalic index between 75 and 80


an individual with such a head
Derived Formsmesocephaly (ˌmɛsəʊˈsɛfəlɪ), noun
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mesocephalic in Medicine




Having a head of medium breadth, with a cephalic index between 76 and 80.
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