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

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Other Words from cranial

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

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There are a few different reasons why your child’s pediatrician might recommend helmet-molding therapy (sometimes referred to as cranial orthosis). Korin Miller, SELF, "My Son, Like Chrissy Teigen’s, Wore a Corrective Helmet as a Baby for a Flat Spot," 4 Dec. 2018 He naturally would have expected his measurements of cranial capacity to fall neatly within that hierarchy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s new evidence confirming bias of the “father of scientific racism”," 4 Oct. 2018 At the time, it was widely believed that skull size, or cranial capacity, was a marker of superior intelligence and advanced cognition. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s new evidence confirming bias of the “father of scientific racism”," 4 Oct. 2018 Earlier this year in Colombia, a woman was allowed to terminate a pregnancy at 32 weeks because the fetus had severe cranial deformities and microcephaly. Juan Carlos, Marie Claire, "This Is What a World Without Reproductive Rights Would Be Like," 25 Apr. 2016 My specialty in pediatrics came from my cranial work. Daina Saleh, Naperville Sun, "Down to Business: View of chiropractic treatment changing as people take control of their own medical decisions," 6 July 2018 Evidence for cranial modification, practiced in some highland areas at the time, also supports the idea that children were brought to the coast from farther-flung areas of Chimú influence. National Geographic, "Exclusive: Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice May Be World's Largest," 26 Apr. 2018 The baby was brought into Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Thursday afternoon, and the hospital alerted police that an infant had come in with cranial bleeding, severe bruising, rib fractures and a clavicle fracture. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Official: 6-Week-Old Hartford Girl Dies At Hospital Monday, Parents Held In Infant Abuse Case," 28 May 2018 Deputy Chief Brian Foley says the baby was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center on Thursday with cranial bleeding, severe bruising, rib fractures and a collarbone fracture. Fox News, "Police: 6-week-old baby seriously injured, parents arrested," 25 May 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cranial

medical : 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 cranially (audio) \ adverb

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