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oxycephaly

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

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

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Also called acrocephaly.

Origin of oxycephaly

1890–95; <German Oxycephalie<Greek oxyképhal(os) sharp-headed (oxy-oxy-1 + kephal() head + -os adj. suffix) + -ie-y3

OTHER WORDS FROM oxycephaly

ox·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 forms of oxycephaly

oxycephalic (ˌɒksɪsɪˈfælɪk) or oxycephalous, adjective

Word Origin for oxycephaly

C20: from Greek oxus sharp + -cephaly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical 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

Other words from oxycephaly

ox′y•ce•phalic (-sə-fălĭk) null adj.
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