or scaph·o·ceph·a·lism

[ skaf-uh-sef-uh-lee ]

  1. 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

Other words from scaphocephaly

  • scaph·o·ce·phal·ic [skaf-oh-suh-fal-ik], /ˌskæf oʊ səˈfæl ɪk/, scaph·o·ceph·a·lous, adjective

Words Nearby scaphocephaly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scaphocephaly in a sentence

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

    Degeneracy | Eugene S. Talbot
  • 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