or scaph·o·ceph·a·lism

[ skaf-uh-sef-uh-lee ]
/ ˌskæf əˈsɛf ə li /

noun Pathology.

premature closure of the sagittal suture resulting in a deformed skull having an elongated, keellike shape.

Origin of scaphocephaly

First recorded in 1900–05; scapho- + -cephaly
Also called cymbocephaly.
Related formsscaph·o·ce·phal·ic [skaf-oh-suh-fal-ik] /ˌskæf oʊ səˈfæl ɪk/, scaph·o·ceph·a·lous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for scaphocephalic


/ (ˌskæfɪsiˈfælik) /


anatomy having a head that is abnormally long and narrow as a result of the two parietal bones on the top of the skull closing prematurely
an individual with such a headCompare dolichocephalic, brachycephalic
Derived Formsscaphocephaly or scaphocephalism, noun
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Medicine definitions for scaphocephalic


[ skăf′ō-sə-fălĭk ]


Having an abnormally long, narrow skull.
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