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cephalization

[sef-uh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsɛf ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun, Zoology
1.
a tendency in the development of animals to localization of important organs or parts in or near the head.
Origin of cephalization
1860-1865
1860-65; cephal- + -ization
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British Dictionary definitions for cephalization

cephalization

/ˌsɛfəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
1.
(in the evolution of animals) development of a head by the concentration of feeding and sensory organs and nervous tissue at the anterior end
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Word Origin and History for cephalization
n.

1864, coined by U.S. zoologist James D. Dana (1813-1895) from Greek kephale "head" (see cephalo-) on model of specialization, etc.

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