or scaph·o·ceph·a·lism


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

Examples from the Web for scaphocephaly

Historical Examples of scaphocephaly

  • More rarely the skull is of normal size, but shaped like the keel of a boat (scaphocephaly, 0.1% and subscaphocephaly 6%).

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • Trigonocephaly (triangular head) is a variety of scaphocephaly in which depression occurs in place of the keel.


    Eugene S. Talbot