[ awr-thoh-suh-fal-ik ]
/ ˌɔr θoʊ səˈfæl ɪk /

adjective Cephalometry.

having a medium or intermediate relation between the height of the skull and the breadth or length.
Also or·tho·ceph·a·lous [awr-thuh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌɔr θəˈsɛf ə ləs/.

Origin of orthocephalic

1860–65; < New Latin orthocephal(us) (see ortho-, cephal-) + -ic

Related forms

or·tho·ceph·a·ly, noun
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Examples from the Web for orthocephalic

  • It is thus that we recognise low skulls (platycephalic), medium (orthocephalic or metriocephalic), or high (hypsicephalic).

    The Races of Man|Joseph Deniker

British Dictionary definitions for orthocephalic


orthocephalous (ˌɔːθəʊˈsɛfələs)

/ (ˌɔːθəʊsɪˈfælɪk) /


having a skull whose breadth is between 70 and 75 per cent of its length

Derived Forms

orthocephaly, noun
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