[ mahy-kroh-suh-fal-ik ]
/ ˌmaɪ kroʊ səˈfæl ɪk /

adjective Cephalometry, Pathology.

having a head with a small braincase.
Also mi·cro·ceph·a·lous [mahy-kroh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈsɛf ə ləs/.

Origin of microcephalic

From the New Latin word microcephalicus, dating back to 1855–60. See micro-, cephalic

OTHER WORDS FROM microcephalic

mi·cro·ceph·a·ly, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for microcephaly

/ (ˌmaɪkrəʊˈsɛfəlɪ) /


the condition of having an abnormally small head or cranial capacityCompare megacephaly

Derived forms of microcephaly

microcephalic (ˌmaɪkrəʊsɪˈfælɪk), adjective, nounmicrocephalous, adjective
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Medicine definitions for microcephaly

[ mī′krō-sĕfə-lē ]


Abnormal smallness of the head.nanocephaly

Other words from microcephaly

mi′cro•ce•phalic (-sə-fălĭk) adj.
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