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cephalocaudal

adjective ceph·a·lo·cau·dal \ ˌsef-ə-lō-ˈkȯd-ᵊl \

medical Definition of cephalocaudal

: proceeding or occurring in the long axis of the body especially in the direction from head to tail
  • cephalocaudal development
  • The fat loss occurs during childhood or adolescence, affecting the face, neck, arms, thorax, and upper abdomen in a cephalocaudal fashion.
  • —Abhimanyu GargThe New England Journal of Medicine18 Mar. 2004

cephalocaudally

play \-ᵊl-ē\ adverb

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