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

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Other Words from cranial

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

Examples of cranial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An annual lecture on the cranial-facial sciences is held annually in his name by the Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Dr. Hans R. Wilhelmsen, respected plastic surgeon who emigrated from Norway and put himself through school, dies," 23 Oct. 2020 Morton’s Crania Americana perpetuated the ideas of cranial racial difference that had a sprawling hold on 19th-century medical and popular thought. Griffin Black, Scientific American, "The Whitewashing of Black Genius," 12 Oct. 2020 Kelly previously underwent a 12-hour brain operation in April 2019 when doctors found a benign tumor resting on her cranial nerves. PEOPLE.com, "Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford's Wife Kelly and 3 Daughters Adorably Cheer Him on for Season Opener," 13 Sep. 2020 Former Louisville basketball player Kyle Kuric was expected to have surgery Monday to replace a cranial implant broken in an Aug. 22 practice, per a report by Mundo Deportivo. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Report: Former Louisville star Kyle Kuric requires cranial surgery after implant breaks," 9 Sep. 2020 Moreover, as Rothberg’s wife told him over video chat, there was no way users would give themselves what felt like cranial defilements. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, "Jonathan Rothberg’s Race to Invent the Ultimate Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Test," 29 Aug. 2020 The 53-year-old Zanardi was placed in a medical coma and put on a ventilator after the crash, where doctors warned of potential brain damage after sever facial and cranial trauma, according to a USA Today update in July. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Report: Ex-CART champion Alex Zanardi sees 'significant clinical improvements' after crash," 20 Aug. 2020 From previous studies of cranial remains and bite marks on dinosaur fossil bones, paleontologists have long speculated that the massive beasts preyed on dinosaurs. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Prehistoric 'terror crocodiles' had 'teeth the size of bananas'," 12 Aug. 2020 Previous studies of cranial remains and bite marks on dinosaur fossil bones indicate the creatures preyed on dinosaurs. Fox News, "'Terror crocodile' had teeth 'the size of bananas,' researchers find," 11 Aug. 2020

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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 27 Nov. 2020.

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cranial

adjective
How to pronounce cranial (audio)

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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