- having a head whose cranial vault is broad or flat.
Also plat·y·ceph·a·lous [plat-i-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌplæt ɪˈsɛf ə ləs/.
Origin of platycephalic
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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.Degeneracy
Eugene S. Talbot
It is thus that we recognise low skulls (platycephalic), medium (orthocephalic or metriocephalic), or high (hypsicephalic).The Races of Man
Therefore, platycephalic specializations involved lateral expansion of the braincase and mandible.
Shape of skull varies from dolichocephalic to platycephalic.