post·​cra·​ni·​al | \ ˌpōst-ˈkrā-nē-əl How to pronounce postcranial (audio) \

Definition of postcranial

: of or relating to the part of the body caudal to the head postcranial skeleton

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Other Words from postcranial

postcranially adverb

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A novel form of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in a sauropod dinosaur: implications for the paleobiology of Rebbachisauridae. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, "Secret Air Sacs Made This Dinosaur Extra Light," 15 May 2017 Meachen and Samuels looked to the postcranial skeletons of coyotes and grey wolves from the late Pleistocene to the modern era to track how the canids changed. Brian Switek, WIRED, "Repost: Honey, I Shrunk the Coyote," 27 Sep. 2012

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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post·​cra·​ni·​al | \ -ˈkrā-nē-əl How to pronounce postcranial (audio) \

Medical Definition of postcranial

: of or relating to the part of the body caudal to the head a postcranial skeleton

Other Words from postcranial

postcranially \ -​ē How to pronounce postcranially (audio) \ adverb

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