cranial index

noun

Definition of cranial index

: the ratio multiplied by 100 of the maximum breadth of the bare skull to its maximum length from front to back

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Recent Examples on the Web Boas’s finding, which was that the cranial index of children born in America differed from that of children of the same background born in Europe, rocked the field. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity," 19 Aug. 2019

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Cranial index.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cranial%20index. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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cranial index

noun

Medical Definition of cranial index

: the ratio multiplied by 100 of the maximum breadth of the bare skull to its maximum length from front to back — compare cephalic index

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