cranial

adjective
cra·ni·al | \ ˈkrā-nē-əl \

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 \ adverb

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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 The baby was suffering from cranial bleeding, severe bruising, rib fractures and a clavicle fracture. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "HPD: Baby Suffering From Injuries That Will Be Fatal, Parents Under Arrest," 25 May 2018 That medical visit revealed a need for immediate cranial surgery, which led to his brain-cancer diagnosis. Dan Nowicki, azcentral, "5 takeaways from Sen. John McCain's new memoir, 'The Restless Wave'," 16 May 2018 As the authors of the study note, common manifestations of these conditions also include symptoms like fevers, intra-cranial pressure and cerebral hemorrhages, which, prior to the 20th century, were treated with trepanation. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Rare Case of ‘Coffin Birth’ Seen in Medieval Grave," 5 Apr. 2018 However, that same diversity—revealed through research on Native American cranial morphology and tooth structure—creates its own dilemma. Ben Potter, National Geographic, "Lost Native American Ancestor Revealed in Ancient Child’s DNA," 3 Jan. 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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

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