Origin of oxycephaly

1890–95; < German Oxycephalie < Greek oxyképhal(os) sharp-headed (oxy- oxy-1 + kephal(ḗ) head + -os adj. suffix) + -ie -y3
Also called acrocephaly.
Related formsox·y·ce·phal·ic [ok-see-suh-fal-ik] /ˌɒk si səˈfæl ɪk/, ox·y·ceph·a·lous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for oxycephaly


  1. pathol the condition of having a conical skull
Derived Formsoxycephalic (ˌɒksɪsɪˈfælɪk) or oxycephalous, adjective

Word Origin for oxycephaly

C20: from Greek oxus sharp + -cephaly
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oxycephaly in Medicine


  1. A congenital abnormality of the skull in which the top of the head assumes a conical or pointed shape because of premature closing of the lambdoid and coronal sutures.acrocephaly
Related formsox′y•ce•phalic (-sə-fălĭk) null adj.
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