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

Other Words from cephalic

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

Examples of cephalic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This provides an argument that mantas are sensing their local environment with their cephalic lobes. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Fisher and her husband ultimately opted for external cephalic version. Julia Naftulin, Health.com, 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cephalic

1571, 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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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 cephalic (audio) \ adverb


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