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

Examples of postcranial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Numerous other cranial and postcranial features in the Krapina Neandertals overlap with early modern humans, too. David W. Frayer, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2022 First named in 1995, this species was known only from teeth, jaws and some postcranial bones from the sites of Allia Bay and Kanapoi in northern Kenya that dated to between about 4.2 and 3.9 million years ago. Briana Pobiner, Smithsonian, 13 Dec. 2019 A novel form of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in a sauropod dinosaur: implications for the paleobiology of Rebbachisauridae. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, 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, 27 Sep. 2012

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First Known Use of postcranial

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Postcranial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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 postcranial (audio) \ adverb


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