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adjective Cephalometry.
  1. having a head whose cranial vault is broad or flat.
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Also plat·y·ceph·a·lous [plat-i-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌplæt ɪˈsɛf ə ləs/.

Origin of platycephalic

First recorded in 1860–65; platy- + -cephalic
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Examples from the Web for platycephalic

Historical Examples

  • The platycephalic character has a geographical distribution.

    Prehistoric Man

    W. L. H. Duckworth

  • There were three platycephalic skulls, of whom two were Celts and one a Scandinavian.


    Eugene S. Talbot

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

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • Therefore, platycephalic specializations involved lateral expansion of the braincase and mandible.

  • Shape of skull varies from dolichocephalic to platycephalic.