cra·​nio·​sa·​cral ˌkrā-nē-ō-ˈsa-krəl How to pronounce craniosacral (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Set among 180 acres of lush Costa Rican rainforest, the retreat provides a high-end blend of eastern and western therapies, from energy healing to lunar gong baths to craniosacral facials to an immersive riverside meditation at a nearby stream. Annie Daly, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2021 Treatments take place in eight rooms, and range from craniosacral facial and signature maderoterapia treatments, to light therapy, lymph boots, and infrared cabins. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2021 Great food, lots of sleep, a life changing craniosacral treatment, and countless words of wisdom from practitioners along the way. Rachel King, Fortune, 6 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of craniosacral was circa 1923

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“Craniosacral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition


cra·​nio·​sa·​cral ˌkrā-nē-ō-ˈsak-rəl, -ˈsā-krəl How to pronounce craniosacral (audio)
: of or relating to the cranium and the sacrum
: parasympathetic
the craniosacral division of the autonomic nervous system
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