brachycephalic

adjective
brachy·​ce·​phal·​ic | \ ˌbra-ki-sə-ˈfa-lik How to pronounce brachycephalic (audio) \

Definition of brachycephalic

: short-headed or broad-headed with a cephalic index of over 80

Other Words from brachycephalic

brachycephaly \ ˌbra-​ki-​ˈse-​fə-​lē How to pronounce brachycephalic (audio) \ noun

Examples of brachycephalic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These breeds are technically brachycephalic, which means they are predisposed to respiratory issues, per Gizmodo. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2021 British veterinary scientists expressed concern that the booming popularity of brachycephalic dog breeds foretold no bust. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harpers Magazine, 5 Jan. 2021 Other brachycephalic breeds include bulldogs, pugs and Boston terriers. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2020 When those families own a brachycephalic dog, and they are reassigned to an overseas military posting, United is sometimes their only means to ship their pet. Martine Powers, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2018 When those families own a brachycephalic dog, and they are reassigned to an overseas military posting, United is sometimes their only means to ship their pet. Martine Powers, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2018 When those families own a brachycephalic dog, and they are reassigned to an overseas military posting, United is sometimes their only means to ship their pet. Martine Powers, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2018 Seniors, puppies and ailing dogs are better left at home, as are brachycephalic breeds, which often suffer from breathing difficulties. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2018 Of the nine dog breeds with the highest incidence of death on these three major airlines, four are brachycephalic breeds that are allowed only on United. Martine Powers, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of brachycephalic

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brachycephalic

New Latin brachycephalus, from Greek brachy- + kephalē head — more at cephalic

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“Brachycephalic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brachycephalic. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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brachycephalic

adjective
brachy·​ce·​phal·​ic | \ ˌbrak-i-sə-ˈfal-ik How to pronounce brachycephalic (audio) \

Medical Definition of brachycephalic

: short-headed or broad-headed with a cephalic index of over 80

Other Words from brachycephalic

brachycephaly \ -​ˈsef-​ə-​lē How to pronounce brachycephalic (audio) \ noun, plural brachycephalies

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