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microcephaly

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noun mi·cro·ceph·a·ly \-ˈse-fə-lē\

Definition of microcephaly

  1. :  a condition of abnormal smallness of the head usually associated with mental defects



Origin of microcephaly

New Latin microcephalia, from microcephalus microcephalic, from micr- + Greek kephalē head — more at cephalic


First Known Use: 1863


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microcephaly

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noun mi·cro·ceph·a·ly \-ˈsef-ə-lē\

Medical Definition of microcephaly

plural microcephalies

  1. :  a condition of abnormal smallness of the circumference of the head that is present at birth or develops within the first few years of life and is often associated with developmental delays, impaired cognitive development, poor coordination and balance, deficits in hearing and vision, and seizures




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