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a combining form meaning “having a head or heads” of the specified sort or number:
Also, -cephalic.
< Greek -kephalos -headed, derivative of kephalḗ head; see -ous Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -cephalous


combining form
indicating skull or head; -headed: brachycephalic
Derived Forms
-cephaly, -cephalism, combining_form:in_noun:countable
Word Origin
from Greek -kephalos
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-cephalous in Medicine

-cephalous suff.
Having a specified kind of head or number of heads: nanocephalous.

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