ce·​phal·​ic | \ sə-ˈfa-lik How to pronounce cephalic (audio) \

Definition of cephalic

1 : of or relating to the head cephalic measurements
2 : directed toward or situated on or in or near the head gastropods with cephalic tentacles dragons with cephalic horns

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Other Words from cephalic

cephalically \ sə-​ˈfa-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cephalically (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Fisher and her husband ultimately opted for external cephalic version. Julia Naftulin, Health.com, "The Internet Is Freaking Out Over This Video of a Woman’s Baby Bump Being ‘Flipped’," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cephalic

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cephalic

Middle French céphalique, from Latin cephalicus, from Greek kephalikos, from kephalē head; akin to Old High German gebal skull, Old Norse gafl gable, Tocharian A śpāl head

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“Cephalic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cephalic. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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ce·​phal·​ic | \ sə-ˈfal-ik How to pronounce cephalic (audio) \

Medical Definition of cephalic

1 : of or relating to the head
2 : directed toward or situated on or in or near the head

Other Words from cephalic

cephalically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cephalically (audio) \ adverb

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