cephalic

[ suh-fal-ik ]
/ səˈfæl ɪk /
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adjective

of or relating to the head.
situated or directed toward the head.

Nearby words

  1. cephaledema,
  2. cephalexin,
  3. cephalhematocele,
  4. cephalhematoma,
  5. cephalhydrocele,
  6. cephalic flexure,
  7. cephalic index,
  8. cephalic pole,
  9. cephalic presentation,
  10. cephalic tetanus

Origin of cephalic

1590–1600; < Latin cephalicus < Greek kephalikós of the head. See cephal-, -ic

Related formsce·phal·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·ce·phal·ic, adjectivepro·ce·phal·ic, adjectiveun·ce·phal·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for procephalic

procephalic

/ (ˌprəʊsɪˈfælɪk) /

adjective

anatomy of or relating to the anterior part of the head

cephalic

/ (sɪˈfælɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to the head
situated in, on, or near the head
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Word Origin and History for procephalic

cephalic

adj.

"pertaining to the head," early 15c., from Latin cephalicus, from Greek kephalikos "pertaining to the head," from kephale (see cephalo-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for procephalic

procephalic

[ prō′sə-fălĭk ]

adj.

Relating to or located on or near the front of the head.

cephalic

[ sə-fălĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to the head.
Located on, in, or near the head.

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Science definitions for procephalic

cephalic

[ sə-fălĭk ]

Located on or near the head.
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