oxycephaly

[ ok-si-sef-uh-lee ]
/ ˌɒk sɪˈsɛf ə li /

noun Pathology.

a malformation in which the head is somewhat pointed, caused by premature closure of the skull sutures.

Nearby words

  1. oxybarbiturate,
  2. oxybenzene,
  3. oxycalcium,
  4. oxycalcium light,
  5. oxycellulose,
  6. oxychloride,
  7. oxychromatic,
  8. oxycodone,
  9. oxycodone hydrochloride,
  10. oxycontin

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

oxycephaly

/ (ˌɒksɪˈsɛfəlɪ) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for oxycephaly

oxycephaly

[ ŏk′sē-sĕfə-lē ]

n.

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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