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[pohst-krey-nee-uh l]
adjective Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. located posterior to the head.
  2. pertaining to or involving parts of the body that lie posterior to the head.
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Origin of postcranial

First recorded in 1910–15; post- + cranial
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Examples from the Web for postcranial

Historical Examples

  • The principal structural characters effected were in the postcranial anatomy, especially in the skeletal and muscular systems.

    Evolution and Classification of the Pocket Gophers of the Subfamily Geomyinae

    Robert J. Russell

postcranial in Medicine


  1. Situated behind the cranium.
  2. Consisting of the parts or structures behind the cranium.
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