microcephalic

1 of 2

adjective

mi·​cro·​ce·​phal·​ic ˌmī-krō-sə-ˈfa-lik How to pronounce microcephalic (audio)
: having a small head
specifically : having an abnormally small head

microcephalic

2 of 2

noun

: one that is microcephalic

Examples of microcephalic in a Sentence

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Adjective
The microcephalic organoids were smaller than the organoids grown from healthy people, apparently because the patient’s stem cells had divided too early and became depleted. Kat McGowan, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2014 These numbers represent an astonishing departure from the statistics for last year, in which only 150 cases of microcephalic babies were recorded in the country. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 30 Dec. 2015 And then in 2015 an outbreak in Brazil was linked to an increase in microcephalic infants. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, 18 July 2017 Zika infections carried by travelers have been brought back to Minnesota, New York, Hawaii (where a microcephalic baby was born), and other states in the U.S. National Geographic, 28 Jan. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

circa 1856, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microcephalic was circa 1856

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“Microcephalic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microcephalic. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

microcephalic

1 of 2 adjective
mi·​cro·​ce·​phal·​ic ˌmī-krō-sə-ˈfal-ik How to pronounce microcephalic (audio)
: having a small head
specifically : having an abnormally small head

microcephalic

2 of 2 noun
: an individual with an abnormally small head
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