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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Visitors could have their cranial measurements taken on the spot, in keeping with the voguish interest in phrenology. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "Pioneers of Cultural Relativism," 14 Aug. 2019 According to Civil War medical records, some 46% to 56% of cranial surgery patients died, compared with just 17% to 25% of Inca-era patients. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "South America’s Inca civilization was better at skull surgery than Civil War doctors," 8 June 2018 Opposable thumbs, cranial size, altruism and cooking all played a part, but central to the naked ape’s success was its ability to dominate other species. The Economist, "Pets have gained the upper paw over their so-called owners," 22 June 2019 In the late 19th century, British, American, French, and German surgeons competed to open up skulls to treat cranial blood clots, abscesses, tumors, epilepsy, and mental illness, particularly when these had been caused by trauma. Katherine Foxhall, Time, "How A Nurse With a Hole in Her Skull Changed The Medical History of Migraines," 18 June 2019 For those who, like me have more modest cranial capabilities, read on. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why do some garden leaves turn green, white and yellow? Foliage decoded," 14 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of cranial

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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