scaphocephaly

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.

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Also called cymbocephaly.

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
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Example sentences from the Web for scaphocephaly

  • 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