cranial

adjective
cra·​ni·​al | \ ˈkrā-nē-əl How to pronounce cranial (audio) \

Definition of cranial

1 : of or relating to the skull or cranium
2 : cephalic

Other Words from cranial

cranially \ ˈkrā-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce cranial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cranial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Audrey, staff will have a wellness room with many of the tools Brock himself uses: massage, Reiki, acupuncture, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, and light and aroma therapies. Howie Kahn, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Perhaps a robot can give you the round-brush blowout in the shampoo ad, but no metal fingers can relax you like a stylist, who turns a shampoo into a cranial sacral massage. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, 20 Oct. 2021 The reintroduced bill would recategorize cranial prosthetics as durable medical equipment covered under the Social Security Act. Essence, 6 Oct. 2021 This bill would allow cranial prosthetics (wigs) to also be covered under the federal Medicare program. Donna Owens, Essence, 1 Oct. 2021 On Tuesday, Hank underwent surgery to remove two parts of his skull to help relieve inner cranial pressure, his family said. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 15 July 2021 Using high-powered microscopes and special lights, Olson’s team shot photos and video through the cranial windows. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Prior to the new study, researchers tended to differentiate spotted skunk species by looking at their morphology—things like differences in spotting patterns, as well as cranial and dental measurements. Jill Langlois, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2021 The 3-year-old needs ongoing therapy after enduring multiple cranial surgeries for a condition with which he was born. CBS News, 24 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of cranial

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cranial was in 1800

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“Cranial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cranial. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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cranial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cranial

: of or relating to the bones of the head that cover the brain : of or relating to the skull or cranium

cranial

adjective
cra·​ni·​al | \ ˈkrā-nē-əl How to pronounce cranial (audio) \

Kids Definition of cranial

: of or relating to the skull and especially the part enclosing the brain

cranial

adjective
cra·​ni·​al | \ ˈkrā-nē-əl How to pronounce cranial (audio) \

Medical Definition of cranial

1 : of or relating to the skull or cranium
2 : cephalic the cranial end of the spinal column

Other Words from cranial

cranially \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce cranial (audio) \ adverb

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